Fort Worth man pleads guilty after taking Abilene teenagers
ABILENE, Texas - A Fort Worth man who lured two Abilene teenagers to the Metroplex and had sexual contact with them has plead guilty to a count to two charges in a federal court.
KTXS previously reported when Robert Harris, 50, was arrested after two missing girls were found to be with him in Fort Worth.
According to police records, Harris was arrested for two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and two counts of aggravated kidnapping.
Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to a count of enticement of a minor and aiding and abetting, according to U.S. Attorney John Parker.
Court documents show that Harris met one of the girls through a social media app several months before they went missing, and he reportedly gave tips on how to run away from home.
Harris picked the girls up in Abilene in early January and drove them to Fort Worth, where he enticed them to "engage in sexual activity," according to a release from the Department of Justice.
Harris called Fort Worth police a few days after picking the girls up. He told the department that he had them at his house, and police were able to recover them to be returned home.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Harris has been a registered sex offender since 2008. He was charged in 2006 with two counts of indecent assault while serving in the military.
Each count carries a possible fine of up to $250,000 for Harris, and he will face a prison term of 10 years to life. He has been in custody since his arrest. Sentencing has not been set at this time.