LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin police have arrested a man accused of using means to call the phones of Lufkin High School teachers in a harassing manner over the course of five years before getting caught.
Francisco Javier Nolasco, 29, of Lufkin, is charged with third-degree stalking.
According to an arrest affidavit, Nolasco used a phone app to make calls from a fake number and made the calls to the teachers as often as every five to 10 minutes and into the night.
The affidavit states Lufkin police began investigating the case in May of 2013 after a teacher at LHS said that for approximately six months, she had been receiving blocked phone calls from someone and she wanted to file charges. She said she had never heard the caller say anything and she ignored the calls until the suspect started calling every five to 10 minutes throughout the night. She said the calls began during the evenings and all throughout the night almost every day of the week.
Police then obtained a subpoena for the teacher’s phone records and determined two phone numbers had called her phone numerous times throughout the night and only lasted a few seconds. The numbers were found to be from prepaid numbers and under a fake name and address.
At this point, the detective determined the numbers were from fake numbers assigned by a phone app and commonly referred to as “spoofing.” According to the affidavit, spoofing apps charge for a fake phone number.
With nothing else to go on, the case sat idle until April of 2018 when police learned a second teacher was also receiving the calls from the spoofing app. Police then learned Lufkin ISD police had been working with Katy ISD police on a case involving one of their teachers who used to work at Lufkin ISD who also had been receiving the calls. A subpoena in this case revealed an address outside of Lufkin belonging to Nolasco.
Police went to Nolasco’s home and reported that Nolasco, once confronted with the evidence, admitted to making the calls to all three teachers, according to the affidavit. Nolasco gave no reason for making the calls, but just said “it was stupid.”
Police met with District Attorney Joe Martin and they agreed the case could be filed under a stalking offense.
Police obtained a warrant for Nolasco’s arrest on Sept. 18. His bond has not yet been set.