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Sabine Co. sheriff details charges against Lufkin man arrested in sting operation

Robert Faulkner (Source: Angelina County Jail) Robert Faulkner (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Angelina County deputies escort Faulkner to jail Saturday after his arrest for allegedly soliciting a minor for sex. Angelina County deputies escort Faulkner to jail Saturday after his arrest for allegedly soliciting a minor for sex.
Robert Faulkner IV arrested Saturday in the Walmart parking lot. Robert Faulkner IV arrested Saturday in the Walmart parking lot.
SABINE COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Late Monday a Sabine County judge issued an arrest warrant for the Lufkin man--arrested Saturday for solicitation of a minor for in Angelina County--on allegations of a sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl.

Deputies with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office arrested Robert Lee Faulkner IV, 21, on Saturday after he allegedly made arrangements to meet a 15-year-old girl for sex. Instead, Faulkner ran into undercover deputies.

Sheriff Greg Sanches said the investigation began earlier in the week after Faulkner was identified as a suspect in a sexual assault of a child case under investigation in Sabine County.

Sabine County Sheriff Tom Maddox said on Monday that Faulkner had brought a 15-year-old girl to Sabine County to have sex with her. He had three sexual encounters with her that night then abandoned her.

Angelina County authorities set up the sting operation by making Faulkner think he was meeting a second 15-year-old girl.

"Last Wednesday we were contacted by Angelina County Sheriff's Office there about the possible sexual assault of a child in our county.  Somewhere in the Pineland area," Sheriff Maddox said.

Maddox said Faulkner's case will go up before a grand jury on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Faulkner is being held in the Angelina County Jail on a collective $150,000 bond on two counts of online solicitation of a minor. Maddux said he will also be charged with three counts of sexual assault of a child.

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