Man charged in Maine child sex case arrested in Maryland

Posted Oct. 10, 2008, at 2:28 p.m.
Last modified March 20, 2011, at 6:18 a.m.

FREDERICK, Md. — A Maine man charged with soliciting sex with a 12-year-old girl is back in custody, this time in Maryland.

Twenty-eight-year-old Alan Berk, formerly of Brownfield, Maine, was arrested this week after a concerned motel guest reported seeing someone acting suspiciously in the parking lot.

Authorities say state police in Maine were contacted in August by a man who had placed an Internet ad seeking odd jobs. He reported Berk responded and, through e-mails, eventually offered to pay to have sex with the man’s daughter.

Berk was arrested by police in Westbrook, Maine, but was released on $1,000 bail. The U.S. District Court in Portland later issued an arrest warrant for a charge of enticing or attempting to entice a minor for sexual acts.