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Florida man wanted for sex crime arrested in Weyauwega

WEYAUWEGA, WI (WTAQ) - The State Patrol arrested a truck driver for a sex crime in Florida -- but they would have missed him, had they showed up at the time he supposed to make a delivery.

59-year-old Gary Baldwin of Jacksonville was an hour early Thursday, when he dropped off a load of fire safety equipment at Paris Manufacturing in Weyauwega. He was wanted for allegedly trying to solicit the sexual battery of an 11-year-old child.

Florida authorities knew Baldwin's work schedule and asked Wisconsin officers to arrest him. State Patrol Sergeant Terrie Johnson said it was fortunate that the troopers got there early to position themselves -- because he was just leaving the plant after dropping off his load.

Troopers then stopped Baldwin's rig and arrested him 53 minutes before his scheduled arrival at 11 a.m. His rig was taken to a truck stop, where it was searched.

Officers found a cell phone that will be given to Jacksonville sheriff's deputies as evidence. Baldwin is in jail in Waupaca County, awaiting extradition to Florida.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)