NOLANVILLE — A online sting operation by the Nolanville Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division led to the arrest of three Bell County men.
Tresvant J. Threadgill, 26, and Jake B. Blevins, 27, both of Temple, were arrested as a result of the Aug. 23-24 sting. Both men are both charged with online solicitation of a minor, a third-degree felony.
A 19-year-old man from Killeen was arrested and released on a charge of solicitation of prostitution, Nolanville Police Chief Dan Porter said Tuesday.
After investigation, the case against the 19-year-old Killeen man was prepared and presented to the Bell County District Attorney’s Office and a warrant was issued for his arrest, Porter said. His name was not released.
Arrest affidavits detailed what led to the arrests and charges filed against Threadgill and Blevins.
A man reportedly began a text message conversation on Aug. 24 and sent naked pictures of himself to someone he believed was a 16-year-old girl, but instead was a DPS investigator. The man reportedly asked for pictures of the girl and agreed to meet her at a hotel on East Central Texas Expressway in Killeen to have sex, according to an affidavit.
The man described the car he would be in and where he would park, and said he would have a woman in the car with him. Agents saw the blue car the man described parked next to a gray truck and identified the man in the car as Threadgill. The DPS surveillance team sent a text to the phone from where the naked pictures were sent, and that was the cellphone that Threadgill had on him, the affidavit said.
An arrest warrant for Threadgill was issued on Aug. 25 by Bell County Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke.
Threadgill was in the Bell County Jail on Tuesday, held in lieu of a $50,000 bond.
The arrest affidavit for Blevins said a DPS agent talked to someone who said he was Jake and the agent pretended to be a teenage girl under 17.
Blevins allegedly agreed to meet the girl at a hotel in Killeen and agreed to go to a certain room, the affidavit said. He said he would drive a Chevrolet pickup. Special agents saw a man get out of a Chevrolet pickup and go into that room, and he was identified as Blevins.
Another warrant for Blevins was issued by Cooke on Aug 25.
Blevins was released on Aug. 26 after he posted $50,000 bond, Bell County Chief Deputy Chuck Cox said Tuesday.
The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are likely, a Nolanville Police Department news release said.
“Combating human trafficking and online solicitation activities are priorities for our department, Texas DPS and other agencies throughout the Central Texas area,” Porter said in the release.