LIVINGSTON, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Livingston Police Department arrested a 40-year-old Houston man Tuesday after he allegedly posed as a younger man and tried to set up a sexual encounter with a girl under the age of 14.
Quoc Kien Lam is still being held in the Polk County Jail on a second-degree felony solicitation of prostitution from a person under 14, a second-degree online solicitation of a minor charge, and a third-degree felony evading arrest with a vehicle charge. Collectively, his bail amount has been set at $2.05 million.
According to a press release, Livingston PD officers were dispatched out to a residence near Liberty Avenue at about 10:30 p.m. Monday in reference to an underage girl that had been contacted through social media and propositioned by what she thought was a 23-year-old man.
The unidentified man offered the girl money and a shopping spree in return for sex, the press release stated.
On the next day, detectives with the Livingston Police Department started investigating the incident. They learned that the man had identified himself as Alex. The detectives, with the assistance of the girl and her parents, set up a time and location for the child to be picked up by the man, the press release stated.
At about 1 p.m. on Tuesday, the man arrived at the pre-set location and was confronted by the Livingston Police Department. The man fled the scene, but he was stopped after a vehicle pursuit.
Police then identified him as Lam. Further investigation revealed that Lam had previously been convicted of sexual assault of a child and is a registered sex offender in Harris County, the press release stated.