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Troopers: Man attempted to 'locate and purchase child for sexual purposes'

Wade Perkins (Source: Louisiana State Police) Wade Perkins (Source: Louisiana State Police)
JEFFERSON PARISH, LA (WAFB) -

Authorities said multiple agencies were involved in the arrest of a convicted sex offender suspected of trying to find a child whom he allegedly would pay to have sex with.

Louisiana State Police reported Wade Perkins, 30, of Grand Isle, was arrested Thursday in Jefferson Parish.

"Detectives received information that Perkins was attempting to locate and purchase a 6 to 8-year-old child for sexual purposes," Tpr. Jesse LaGrange with LSP Troop C said in a written release. "Detectives found that Perkins was prepared to pay for a 6-year-old female in a sexual encounter."

Troopers reported Perkins was booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center on a charge of attempt and conspiracy to commit first-degree rape.

LaGrange added Perkins is a sex offender from Michigan.

Officials said the investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected.

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