EAST PALESTINE, Ohio (WKBN) – A driver who was scheduled to be a part of the Toughest Monster Truck Tour this weekend was arrested Thursday by the Mahoning Valley Human Trafficking Task Force.
Investigators with the task force said that Brandon Budd was busted on charges of engaging in criminal prostitution, compelling prostitution, possessing criminal tools and attempting to commit a crime.
Authorities said Budd, 35, responded to an online ad offering sex with a minor. When he arrived at the designated location, he was taken into custody but later posted bond, which was set at $25,000. He was also ordered to not have any contact with juveniles.
Budd is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 9.
Budd, a native of Culpeper, Virginia, has been driving competitively since 2009.
A spokesperson for the event said that Budd will not be driving in the event this weekend, he has been replaced.
Michael Reiner contributed to this report.