FBI arrests Macon man in child sex sting

A 42-year-old Macon man faces federal charges that he used the Internet to arrange what he believed was a meeting to have sex with a young girl, according to a news release from the FBI in Atlanta.

Russell Edward Worsham, an appliance repairman, allegedly had a series of conversations over the computer with a person he believed to be the mother of a girl “under the age of 10,” the release stated.

He is accused of making plans with the “mother,” who was actually an undercover member of the FBI’s Safe Child Task Force, to meet her in Atlanta to have sex with the girl, who also was fictional, the release said.

Worsham was arrested without incident Friday afternoon after arriving at the agreed-upon meeting place. He is charged with using an interstate telecommunications device (a computer) to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity. According to the FBI Web site, the crime can carry a sentence ranging from 10 years to life in prison.

Calls to the Atlanta FBI office Monday seeking more information in the arrest were not returned.

The task force is comprised of FBI agents along with agents from police departments in Sandy Springs, Lawrenceville, Tyrone, Roswell, Rome, Alpharetta, Clayton County, Duluth and Henry County.