Polk County jury indicts man who allegedly set up sexual encounter with girl

Polk County jury indicts man who allegedly set up sexual encounter with girl

LIVINGSTON, TX (KTRE) - A Polk County grand jury indicted a 40-year-old Houston man on two felony charges in connection to allegations that he posed as a younger man online and tried to set up a sexual encounter with a girl under the age of 14 back in May.

The Polk County grand jury indicted Quoc Kien Lam on a second-degree felony solicitation of prostitution from a person under 14 charge and a second-degree felony online solicitation of a minor charge on July 22. Lam is still being held in the Polk County Jail on the above charges, along with a state-jail felony evading arrest or detention with a vehicle or a watercraft charge, and an immigration hold.

Lam's collective 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. on May 23 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.

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