LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Authorities arrested a 19-year-old Lufkin man Friday evening in connection to allegations that he solicited an 11-year-old girl that he had met at youth functions at a Pollok church for sex via explicit sexual conversations on Facebook.
Brandon Taylor Willis, 19, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a second-degree felony charge of criminal solicitation of a minor. His bail has been set at $75,000.
According to the arrest affidavit, the 11-year-old girl's mother filed a report with the Lufkin Police Department on May 19. The report stated that her step-daughter was being sexually solicited via the girl's Facebook account.
When the mother met with a LPD detective, she explained that she had personally viewed her daughter's account and reviewed a lengthy conversation between the girl and Willis. Upon reading the sexually explicit portions of the conversation, the mother confronted Willis through the same account after identifying herself as the girl's mother, the affidavit stated.
Willis allegedly responded that he would stop talking to the girl from then on, the mother said.
The detective also learned that the 11-year-old girl met Willis more than two years ago through youth functions at the Clawson Assembly of God church in Pollok and stated chatting with him on Facebook. The girl told the detective that she had stopped talking to Willis for a while "because he had asked her to send him pictures of her naked body."
According to the affidavit, the girl started talking to Willis again in a few months, hoping that he had changed.
The girl's step-mother gave the detective the e-mail and password information for the child's account and said that she had banned her daughter from using that account any further. In addition, the victim's step-mother asked the detective to look through the online conversation for evidence of illegal activity.
When he looked at the girl's online conversations, the detective noticed one thread in which Willis used "extremely graphic language" to describe the sexual acts he wanted to perform on the girl, according to the affidavit. A few days later, the victim told Willis that she wanted to see him and suggested he meet her at the Skate Ranch in Lufkin.
Willis then allegedly asked, "What would you do if I wanted to go behind the skating ranch?" and "If I send a shirtless pic, do I get one too?" According to the affidavit, the girl told Willis she wasn't for that step, and he continued trying her to encourage her to send him the picture
Days later, the victim sent a message saying that she was going to walk to Willis' house to talk to him about a bad day, according to the affidavit. Then Willis allegedly commented that she would need to buy a condom if she did. The affidavit said it is not known whether the two met up, but the girl claimed that they didn't.
An LPD detective used Facebook features to zero in on where Willis was when he allegedly sent the explicit messages to the girl. All of the messages were within 500 feet of Willis' home address, the affidavit stated.
During a forensic interview at Harold's House, the child told the interviewer that she felt Willis was trying to meet up with her, so they could engage in sexual activity, the affidavit stated.
Two LPD detectives interviewed Willis at Lufkin High School on June 17. When the detectives showed him screenshots of the explicit conversation, he allegedly admitted that he had sent the messages to the girl. Confronted by the fact that the girl had just turned 12, Willis said he thought she was "at least 13 or 14" the affidavit stated.
Willis also allegedly told the detectives that he was currently dating another girl, a 14-year-old.
Toward the end of the interview, Willis gave the detectives permission to look at his cell phone. When they went through the image folder on his phone, they found screen shots of the pictures the victim had sent Willis during their sexually explicit conversation, according to the affidavit.