NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches County Sheriff's deputies arrested a 20-year-old man on Sept. 19 in connection to allegations that he posed as a 16-year-old boy solicited a 14-year-old girl for sex via phone calls and text messages.
Franklin Joya, of Nacogdoches, was booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail on a second-degree felony charge of online solicitation of a minor. He has since paid his $30,000 bail and has been released from the jail.
According to a press release, the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office received a complaint that that a man had been calling and sending text messages to a 14-year-old girl. The man told the girl that he was 16 years old.
"The suspect then started sending numerous text messages to the victim and attempted to persuade the victim to meet with him at a local convenience store," the press release stated.
The girl told her parents about the ongoing harassment. Then the parents made a report to the sheriff's office on Sept. 18.
After NCSO investigators were able to positively identify the suspect as Joya, they obtained a warrant for his arrest on Friday, and they took him into custody later that day. When Joya was interviewed by investigators, he allegedly confessed to the online solicitation.
Nacogdoches County Sheriff Jason Bridges said that Joya was arrested on two counts of child pornography back on Feb. 25. Joya was indicted on the two child pornography charges on June 6.
Joya's first court appearance on the two child pornography charges is set for Thursday, according to the press release.