Man arrested in Decatur kidnapping case gets federal charges

Brian Boersma tried to hire undercover agents to kidnap an underage girl for "intended criminal sexual activity," prosecutors say.

Posted: Nov 30, 2017 1:33 PM

A man arrested in October for trying to hire someone to kidnap two people is now facing federal charges.

A federal grand jury indicted Brian David Boersma, 48, on charged of attempted kidnapping, attempted transportation with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and sex trafficking of children by fraud, force or coercion. He's also charged with illegally possessing firearms as a felon.

Boersma tried to hire two undercover agents in October to carry out the kidnapping, authorities said. He was arrested by Decatur police and the FBI after they said he told the undercover agents about his plans for the kidnapping. 

According to his federal indictment, Boersma wanted to kidnap two females, one of them under the age of 18. Federal prosecutors said Boersma intended to take the underage girl across state lines for "intended criminal sexual activity." Prosecutors said Boersma also knew the child would be "forced into a commercial sex act."

If convicted, Boersma faces 20 years in prison for the attempted kidnapping charge.

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