LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Following a pre-sentencing investigation, Judge Paul White sentenced a 41-year-old Lufkin man to 30 years in prison Tuesday for sending raunchy text messages to, taking photos of, and having sex with a 13-year-old boy back in 2012.
David Forrester appeared in the 159th Judicial District Court Tuesday. He pleaded guilty to felony charges of possession of child pornography and online solicitation of a minor in December 2013.
White sentenced Forrester to 10 years for the child porn charge and 20 years for the online solicitation of a minor charge. The sentences will be stacked, which means that Forrester will serve them consecutively. If he gets parole for the child porn charge, he will immediately start the 20-year sentence for the solicitation charge.
Lufkin Police officers arrested Forrester in August 2012, following an investigation into a missing child.
according to arrest affidavits, police began investigating the missing child, who is 13. The mother told police she found sexually explicit text messages on the child's iPod, leading her to believe he was with another man.
While the officer was at the residence, the boy was returned by Forrester. The officer contacted Forrester and arrested him on a charge of online solicitation of a minor.
The officer took Forrester to the station, where he admitted to performing sexual acts with the child on three different occasions.
Forrester explained that he met the child on an online app called Grinder, which is a gay social media app, only allowed for adults. According to the affidavit, the child's profile said he was 18, but Forrester should have easily known he was younger than 17.
At the station, Forrester gave consent for his cell phone to be searched and the officer found two nude photos of the child, according to the affidavit.
Forrester was charged with four counts of first-degree felony aggravated sexual assault of a child, second-degree online solicitation of a minor and third-degree possession of child pornography. The aggravated sexual assault of a child charges were dismissed in December 2013. His collective bond was set at $77,500.