Texas minister charged with computer-aided solicitation by Caddo Deputies

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Texas authorities have arrested a minister on a Caddo Parish warrant charging him with computer-aided solicitation of a minor.

Fifty-two-year-old Joe David Barron was arrested in Bryon, Texas and is in the Brazos County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

Caddo authorities say from April 30 to May 7, Barron made contact over the internet with a person he thought was a 13-year-old girl. Instead it was Caddo Deputy Jill Jones, a member of the Northwest Louisiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The sheriff's office says Barron's conversations used sexually-explicit language and emailed Jones sexually explicit photos of himself.

According to investigators, Barron told Jones he had plans to meet with another juvenile girl in Texas. On May 15 he was arrested by Bryan, Texas undercover officers for computer-aided solicitation of a minor. It turns out they were investigating him as well.

Barron bonded out of jail, but was arrested again in Barron on Wednesday on four additional charges. It was during that arrest that Texas police learned of the Caddo Parish charges.

Barron was a minister at the Prestonwood Baptist Church in the Dallas area. He resigned after his first arrest in May.