NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 24-year-old man following a cyber investigation, calling him a “sexual predator.”
The Sheriff’s Office said they have arrested a Nacogdoches man on three counts of Indecency with a Child. The investigation started last week, when an Investigator with NCSO was able to uncover cyber messages that were sent back and forth from the suspect to the child. The messages revealed that the suspect was being a sexual predator and had solicited the victim, the investigator said.
Investigators reached out to the parents of the child to alert them of the activity that was taking place. A sane exam and forensic interview was conducted with the victim, who is 15 years of age or less. Information obtained from the victim confirmed other evidence that NCSO had gathered in the case. A warrant was then issued for the suspect, Shady Roberts, 24, who was arrested Monday afternoon by NCSO deputies.
Sheriff Bridges stated that the investigator is assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force with the Texas Attorney General’s Office. The investigator was able to obtain a cyber tip that led to the discovery that Shady Roberts was having an active relationship with a minor. Without the discovery of this information, this victim may have continuously been abused by this sexual predator without it ever being reported.
Shady Roberts was booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail on three counts of Indecency of a Child a 2nd felony. At the time of his arrest, more evidence was found on Roberts that showed him to have ties with the victim.
Roberts is already on probation in Nacogdoches County.