Accused online predator arrested in Wake Village
WAKE VILLAGE, Texas (KSLA) - The Wake Village Police Department removed an alleged online predator from the streets on Thursday, May 6 around 1 p.m.
To their surprise, they were able to do it after just two days of investigation.
Jason Roberts, 39, of Texarkana, Texas, was arrested in the 200 block of Redwater Road and charged with online solicitation of a minor, a second-degree felony. Police executed a search warrant at his apartment.
During a separate investigation earlier in the week, Sgt. Todd Aultman was online using a clandestine social media account working a missing person case when Roberts contacted him.
“He asked did I have any children and I said no, I was 15-years-old. The conversation continued with pleasantries until he said he wanted to have a child with me,” said Sgt. Aultman.
Roberts believed he was messaging a 15-year-old juvenile, but was actually chatting with Aultman. Within hours, Roberts asked to meet the juvenile at a local park and engage in sexual acts. A meeting was scheduled, however, Roberts was met by the Wake Village Police Department instead of a 15-year-old juvenile.
“It’s kind of scary he was there to have sex with a 15-year-old girl, to have sex with her at his apartment. Thank goodness that didn’t happen,” Sgt. Aultman said.
He was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Bi-State Justice Center; bond has been set at $100,000.
No other arrests are expected in this case, but the investigation into Roberts continues to determine if he will face additional charges.
“There is a great possibility there are other people out here for sure,” Sgt. Aultman said.
Sgt. Aultman says he’s glad to get the suspect off the streets in a timely manner, but he still believes there are others in the area preying on underage children. However, he says there’s only so much his small department can do.
“There are larger agencies across the nation and task forces that do this to catch a predator type of investigation all the time, but unfortunately, in extreme northeast Texas, we don’t have that,” he said.
Anyone with information relating to this crime, or any other similar crimes, is asked to contact the Wake Village Police Department at 903-838-5580.
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