Longview man arrested in Houston County sting pleads guilty to online solicitation

Longview man arrested in Houston County sting pleads guilty to online solicitation

CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - A 57-year-old Longview man pleaded guilty to soliciting sex from children when he appeared in a Houston County courtroom on May 12.

Alan Ray Brown pleaded guilty to online solicitation of a minor, which is a felony charge. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Aug. 7 in the 3rd Judicial District Court. Judge Mark Calhoon will decide Brown's sentence.

Brown was one of three suspects arrested in August of 2016 after a week-long investigation by the Texas Attorney General's office, the Houston County Sheriff's Office, and the Houston Fugitive Apprehension Unit.

A Houston County grand jury indicted Brown on the felony online solicitation of a minor charge back in October of 2016.

According to an arrest affidavit, members of the unit worked an undercover investigation on multiple online websites. The unit members presented themselves as minors and set up individual meetings with the three men.

On Aug. 1, agents arrested Brown. According to the release, using the persona of a 14-year-old female, an undercover investigator was contacted on a personals website. Brown sent sexually explicit messages to the "child" and solicited her to meet, so they could have sex. Brown traveled to the pre-determined meeting location in Crockett where he was taken into custody by OAG investigators, and he declined to be interviewed.

According to investigators, Brown is a maintenance technician for the Winstar Casino in Thackerville, OK. His criminal history includes drunkenness in 1980, possession of marijuana in 1982, and burglary of a vehicle in 1983.

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