Suspected sex predator re-arrested

Sunday, September 27, 2009 at 2:23am
Staff reports

A Kentucky man who was out on bond on charges he took a missing Franklin teen he met on the Internet to Illinois was arrested Friday on three new felony charges.

In March, Franklin Police say the 16-year-old girl left her home willingly to be with 27-year-old Ian Nelson, an over-the-road truck driver she had met online. Police found her with Nelson in Aurora, Ill. 10 days after her parents had reported her missing.

Nelson faces solicitation to commit aggravated statutory rape charges from that incident.

But police say Nelson didn’t stop communicating with the girl once she was reunited with her parents. He allegedly continued to have electronic communication with the teen in question. Nelson also allegedly sent sexually explicit images of himself to the girl’s cell phone, police said.

Franklin officers worked with Louisville Police to track Nelson to a trucking company where he worked.

He is being held without bond awaiting extradition to Franklin where he will face new charges of especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor, solicitation of minor by electronic means and solicitation of a minor -- all three charges are felonies.