One of the three individuals detained during a recent child sex trafficking investigation in Texas was an Arkansas police officer.
Officer Telvin Wilson, 31, of Texarkana, Texas, was accused of soliciting a juvenile online. Since 2016, Wilson had been employed by the Texarkana, Arkansas, Police Department.
On the border of Texas and Arkansas, two distinct cities are referred known as Texarkana. The Texas police department carried out the sting.
According to a Facebook post from the Texarkana Texas Police Department, officers first created a false ad and put it on a prostitution website. When the suspects phoned the authorities, they pretended to be a teenage girl.
“Even though the ‘girl’ told each of them that she talked to that she was underage, each of the three men still wanted to come to meet up with her and offered to pay her for sex,” the Texarkana Texas Police Department wrote on Facebook. “When the guys showed up and knocked, they were shocked when several police officers answered the door instead of the young girl they were expecting.”
Wilson was fired as soon as the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department learned about the arrest, according to a statement to Fox News Digital. Wilson said in a previous Facebook post that he became a police officer in order to improve his community.
“I have always wanted to be that officer that is able to communicate with the public and be comfortable while doing so,” a department Facebook post from February reads. “I like that I stand in the gap and be the one that our young people can come and talk to.”
James Willis, 37, and Adarius Wills, 33, were the other two suspects. While Willis was charged with internet solicitation of a juvenile, distribution of a controlled drug, resisting arrest, and eluding arrest, Wills was charged with online solicitation of a minor and delivery of marijuana.
Willis was also detained for drug possession and endangering/abandoning a kid with the intent to return. Wills and Wilson’s bonds are $85,000 and $100,000, respectively, while Wilson’s bond has not yet been established.
“Thank you to the investigators with the Bowie County Sheriff’s Office, FBI, and Texas Department of Public Safety for their invaluable help with this operation,” the police’s press release added.