BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Miami, Florida man is in police custody after an undercover operation caught him trying to meet a 14-year-old East Baton Rouge Parish teen for sex. Officials say he bought a bus ticket for the teen to go to Miami to meet him.
According the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, Samuel Woodside, 45, was arrested at the Greyhound Bus Station in Miami, Florida on Saturday, August 18.
EBRSO says Woodside is accused of communicating with who he believed was a 14-year-old girl over the internet in July and August. An undercover EBRSO detective was actually posing as the child as part of a Sheriff's Office Internet Crimes Against Children Unit initiative.
Woodside is accused of sending sexually explicit photos to the girl, along with an invitation to come to Miami to participate in sex acts with himself and others.
According to EBRSO, he discussed with the girl on multiple occasions that she would be used to make money for him by performing sex acts with others. Woodside allegedly purchased a bus ticket for the child to travel from Baton Rouge to Miami. Woodside was arrested when he arrived at the bus station in Miami to pick up the child.
Woodside was employed as a custodian at a Miami Middle School at the time of arrest, and resigned upon arrest.
Woodside was booked into Dade County Jail in Miami on charges of human trafficking, traveling to meet a minor for unlawful sex, luring and enticing a minor to commit an unlawful act, interference with custody and sending harmful materials to a minor.
The EBRSO currently has charges pending against Woodside for indecent behavior with a juvenile, human trafficking and computer aided solicitation of a minor.
Detectives are working with the Louisiana Attorney General's Office and the EBR District Attorney's Office to have Woodside extradited to East Baton Rouge Parish.
This was a joint investigation by The Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Miami Regional Operations Center, a member of the South Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, the Louisiana Attorney General High-Tech Crimes Unit and the Miami Dade School Board Police.
Once extradited he will be booked into parish prison.