East TN truck driver sentenced after driving to Atlanta to exploit child for sex

Truck driver sentenced to 17 years in prison after attempted sex with a minor (Image: WTVC)


An East Tennessee truck driver has been sentenced after traveling to Atlanta to try to sexually exploit someone he thought was an 11-year-old girl. U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak says 27-year-old Seth Weidemann used the internet to try to exploit a vulnerable child for sexual gratification.

According to Attorney Pak, Weidemann began communicating with an undercover agent on January 16, 2019, thinking he was talking to an 11-year-old girl. The conversations continued for a month. Weidemann sent multiple messages trying to meet with the minor for sex.

Attorney Pak says Weidemann at one point believed he was talking directly to the girl, and he described the sex acts he intended to do to the child.

“This case highlights a recurring problem,” says Pak. “It is all too easy for predators to access children through various means over the internet. We encourage parents to monitor what their children are doing online and who is in contact with them.”

On February 14, 2019, Weidemann traveled to the Atlanta area for a planned meeting with the child – and was immediately arrested by FBI agents on the scene.

“The lengths predators like Weidemann are willing to go to take advantage of a young child is frightening,” said Chris Hacker, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta. “But our warning to predators is that the FBI is determined to go to greater lengths to protect our most vulnerable citizens from those who would do them harm.”

Weidemann was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Eleanor L.

Ross to 17 years in prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release.

Officials say Weidemann had been convicted on October 16, 2019, after he pleaded guilty to one count of attempted coercion and enticement of a minor.

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