A Grand Isle man has been arrested for attempting to purchase a child for sexual purposes. That’s according to State Police trooper Jesse LaGrange who says 30-year-old Wade Perkins asked someone to locate a 6 to 8-year-old child so Perkins could pay for a sexual encounter. LaGrange says that person then contacted police.

“An undercover trooper made contact with the subject Mr. Perkins through electronic communication, and they arranged a meeting,” LaGrange said.

LaGrange says when Perkins met up with an undercover trooper, he was arrested for attempt and conspiracy to commit first-degree rape. Perkins is a registered sex offender in Michigan for criminal sexual conduct. LaGrange says they expect to file more charges against Perkins.

“We have additional electronic devices that are being analyzed right now to determine if he had any child pornography or things like that,” LaGrange said.