Texas DPS Released the following statement on December 16, 2020.
AMARILLO- On December 10 and 11, DPS Special Agents, Amarillo Police Department, Hutchinson County and Carson County Sheriff’s Offices, and the Randall County District Attorney’s Office arrested multiple suspects for online solicitation of a minor – sexual conduct. The suspects were arrested when they arrived at an undisclosed location after soliciting sex online with investigators posing as minors.
The undercover officers arrested the following persons:
Tristan Broyles, 25 of Amarillo
Charles Cogswell, 61 of Amarillo
Nicholas Vaughn, 21 of Amarillo
Alejandro Desantiago, 44 of Amarillo
Eduardo Montes, 32, of Amarillo
All were booked into the Randall County Jail.
Solicitation of a minor – sexual conduct involves a defendant asking or engaging in a conversation with a minor and during the course of that conversation, the defendant asks (or solicits) the minor to meet them for the purpose of engaging in a sexual act. Online Solicitation of a Minor under Texas Penal Code Section 33.021 is a felony of the second degree. Second-degree felonies are punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.