Former Belgian consulate official accused of soliciting teen sex online

June 05, 1998|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

A former Belgian consulate employee was ordered jailed in Baltimore yesterday on charges that he solicited sex from an undercover FBI agent, who posed on the Internet as a teen-age girl and had set up a meeting at the Inner Harbor.

George DeBeir, 57, who the FBI said was fired for an unknown reason April 16 from the Belgian-American Chamber of Commerce in New York, was ordered held pending a detention hearing Monday in U.S. District Court.

DeBeir's attorney at the hearing and his family could not be reached for comment.

His former employer in New York also could not be reached despite repeated telephone calls.

An FBI affidavit filed yesterday says DeBeir thought he was meeting a 14-year-old girl, but instead was arrested by federal agents when he arrived at the Gallery at Harborplace on Wednesday.

Police said DeBeir was arrested after he approached a female undercover FBI agent dressed in denim shorts, white tennis shoes and white socks, who was standing at a fountain -- the prearranged clothing and meeting site.

DeBeir, a Belgian citizen who does not have diplomatic immunity, was charged with traveling in interstate commerce for the purpose of engaging in a sexual act with a minor.

The FBI said its first contact with DeBeir came April 1 when Special Agent John Stossel signed on to an Internet chat room labeled "teensex" and met a man who said he wanted to pay $150 for sex with young girls.

At the time, according to court documents, DeBeir was working at the consulate office; the contacts continued after he left.

Pub Date: 6/05/98

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