Judge rejects plea deal for alleged online predator

By Morgan Thomas - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – Rodney Keels, 57, was in an Angelina County courtroom to learn the fate of a potential plea bargain.

Back in November Keels was charged with online solicitation of a minor after a long investigation by the police. During which an agent posed as a 13 year-old girl online.  Keels tried to develop a sexual relationship with the agent.

A plea bargain was offered to Keels after he was indicted for online solicitation of a child. He pled guilty under the plea, but in court today, the judge did not accept the plea agreement.

Now, Keels and his lawyer must decide to go ahead and plead guilty without the plea or plead not guilty and continue onto a jury trial.

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