A Texas school superintendent was arrested for allegedly soliciting sex from one he believed to be a 15-year-old, according to police.
47-year-old Michael Stevens was arrested on the campus of the Itasca Independent School District on Thursday. He was charged with online solicitation of a minor after police said he was caught in an online predator sting sending inappropriate photos and asking for inappropriate photos from the online person.
Stevens, who is a former coach and a former principal, was allegedly planning a trip to Houston in order to have sex with the 15-year-old girl.
That girl turned out to be an undercover officer.
He also allegedly solicited another undercover officer who was pretending to be a 16-year-old girl in May.
Prosecutors provided numerous examples of explicit messages that Stevens is accused of sending to whom he thought was a minor.
Stevens allegedly told the girl during school hours to leave class to send him explicit photos, saying, “You have to take pictures for daddy, go into a stall and take pictures.”
In another message, he promised to meet her in order to have sex, according to prosecutors.
“Yes can’t wait till we meet but surely you know that I’m truly committed to eventually meeting up with you, those other ones were just talking — I’m a different guy,” he allegedly wrote.
He also reportedly said he would divorce his wife in order to marry the girl’s mother so that he could have access to the daughter for sex.
“He was actually videotaping himself at his job, at his place of work. He apparently got very comfortable with what he was doing,” said Precinct One Constable Alan Rosen.
Stevens made an appearance at a court hearing Friday during which a judge gave him a bond of $100,000. If he posts bond, he will be required to install software on his computer to monitor his online activity, submit to random drug testing, and avoid all contact with anyone under 17 years old.
Police are asking parents in the district to contact them if they believe their children might have been inappropriately assaulted by Stevens.
In addition to Stevens, the police sting nabbed six other men on similar charges.
Here’s a local news report about the incident:
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