HOUSTON COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A Palestine man is beginning an eight-year prison sentence after a judge sentenced him Tuesday on a conviction in connection with an undercover investigation in which the man thought he was meeting with a 15-year-old girl.
A jury found Dana Ray Killian, 50, guilty of second-degree online solicitation of a minor in March. Killian elected for the judge to decide his punishment.
Killian was one of three East Texas men who were arrested in early August as the result of a week-long investigation by the Texas Attorney General's Child Exploitation Division, the Houston County Sheriff's Office, and the Houston Fugitive Apprehension Unit.
According to a press release, using the persona of a 15-year-old female, an undercover investigation was conducted on a social networking application. Killian sent sexually explicit messages to the "child" and solicited her to meet for purposes of engaging in deviate sexual intercourse, the press release stated.
Killian allegedly traveled to the predetermined meeting location in Crockett where he was taken into custody by OAG investigators. During an interview, Killian admitted to conversing with a person he believed to be a 15-year-old female and to traveling to Crockett to meet her, the press release stated.
According to investigators, at the time of his arrest, Killian was a correctional officer for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice at the Michael Unit in Anderson County. Killian's criminal past includes driving while intoxicated in 1997.