Abilene man indicted for seeking sex and explicit photos from 16-year-old boy

Andrew Rodriguez, Jr.

A man from Abilene was indicted Thursday after seeking to have sex with and attempting to receive lewd photos from what he thought was a 16-year-old boy through the internet.

A Taylor County grand jury indicted Andrew Rodriguez, Jr., 23, of Abilene, for online solicitation of a minor.

On Dec. 19, a detective from the Abilene Police Department found a post on Craigslist by Rodriguez asking for sex from an underage male, which the detective replied to by posing as a 16-year-old boy interested in the offer. After the detective responded to the post, Rodriguez arranged to meet for sex with the supposed 16-year-old boy and asked for the boy to send him obscene photographs of himself, which the detective distributed to Rodriguez. Rodriguez also sent explicit photos of himself to the supposed 16-year-old boy in exchange for the obscene photos that the boy was seemingly providing.

After the online image swapping session, Rodriguez announced that he was on his way to meet the apparent 16-year-old boy in person. Rodriguez then drove to the where the teenager reportedly lived, which was an apartment complex on the 600 block of Ruidosa Avenue. When Rodriguez arrived at the address where the boy apparently lived, police arrested him for online solicitation of a minor and promoting sexual performance by a minor.

After being apprehended, Rodriguez was booked into the Taylor County Jail on bonds that totaled $75,000.

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