A southeast Missouri man is now facing charges for attempting to kidnap a young girl last fall in Phelps County.

Gilbert Burkhart, 65, of Poplar Bluff, was charged with attempted child kidnapping. He's currently jailed in Butler County on an unrelated drug charge.

The Phelps County Focus reports Burkhart attempted to lure an eight-year-old Rolla girl into his car last November as he and co-worker delivered phone books in the area.

It was the co-worker who finally contact police last week to report Burkhart was the man they were looking for.

The Focus reports the woman told police that Burkhart bragged that he was sexually attracted to young girls, and attempted similar kidnapping scenarios in her presence on at least six occasions.

According to court records, Burkhart is currently on the Missouri Sex Offender Registry for sexually abusing two teenage girls 30 years ago.