Former Dyess AFB deputy fire chief arrested for online solicitation of a minor

Floyd Anthony Jones, 56, is charged with online solicitation of a minor and sexual assault of a child

ABILENE, Texas - Dyess Air Force Base's just-retired deputy fire chief has been arrested for online solicitation of a minor and sexual assault of a child.

Floyd Anthony Jones, 56, of Abilene was taken into custody Monday and later posted bail. His bond had been set at $25,000.

Abilene police are worried there could be multiple victims who may have been sexually assaulted by Jones.

Jones retired from his position at Dyess AFB five days ago, a Dyess official said.

Members of the Abilene Police Department's Cyber Crimes Unit, FBI and Dyess Office of Special Investigations executed search and arrest warrants at a hime in the 2900 block of Red Oak Circle.

According to Abilene Police Department news release, Homeland Security investigators began an undercover sting operation in April. A federal agent responded to a Craigslist ad, which had been posted by Jones, "soliciting sexual relations with underage females via the child's mother."

During what law enforcement officials described as "explicit conversations," including through phone calls and in chat rooms, Jones made plans to meet with the undercover agent for the purpose of having sex "with whom he believed to be the undercover agent's 13-14-year-old daughter in June of 2017."

According to court documents, Jones referred to "past experiences he has had with mothers and underage daughters."

Jones also "described his desire to take the child's virginity."

But he "abandoned" the meeting, so the case was turned over to the Dyess Air Force Base's Office of Special Investigations and the FBI.

The FBI then contacted the Abilene Police Department's Cyber Crimes Unit earlier this month to "determine if any state charges were applicable," the release said.

A search warrant was then issued for Jones' home.

A KTXS news crew went by Jones' south Abilene home to see if he wanted to make a statement. Jones, who was outside, declined to comment and closed his garage door.

If anyone has information about Jones, please call APD at 325-673-8331 or Crime Stoppers at 325-676-TIPS (8477).

KTXS will provide additional details as they become available.