SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - An East Texas youth baseball coach was arrested Saturday after allegedly driving to Shreveport for the purpose of meeting underage boys for sex, according to the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office.
Christopher Scott Tyre, 26, of Center, Texas, was arrested in the 8500 block of Youree Drive at a location where Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator says he thought he would be meeting two juvenile boys and their father.
Sheriff's Detective Jared Marshall began investigating Tyre this past week after Tyre placed a publicly viewable online ad. Marshall responded to the ad under an assumed identity of an adult male with two juvenile boys, ages 8 and 12.
Police say Marshall and Tyre had several text conversations during which Tyre stated his intentions.
Tyre told Marshall's assumed identity that he would be driving to Shreveport with the intent to perform sexual acts on the two juvenile boys after Tyre finished assistant coaching a baseball team of 7 and 8-year-old boys in Center.
Following his arrest, Tyre was booked into the Caddo Correctional Center for computer-aided solicitation of a minor.
Assisting Marshall with the arrest were Sheriff's Youth Services Lt. Sam Hall, Detective Trey Keene, and Caddo Sheriff's patrol deputies.
Meanwhile, Tyre's hometown of Center, Texas is in shock about the news of his arrest. The town of 6,000+ people is known for baseball.
Center Youth Baseball league President Jason Mitchell says Tyre volunteered as a coaching assisting and that all coaches undergo background checks.
"Each year our coaches undergo a background that includes review of publicly available data on the Texas Department of Public Safety's website," the 10-year league veteran said. "Effective immediately, Center Youth Baseball will expand this review policy to running background checks on assistant coaches once each head coach notifies Center Youth Baseball of who these assistant coaches will be."
Tyre has assisted coaches for a few years. It's believed he's been volunteering over the last few years because he has relatives playing in the youth league. According to the residents who heard about the charges--especially people who say they've known Tyre for years--he had a clean record and the nature of these charges are shocking.