By Michelle Guffey
Killeen Daily Herald
BELTON A 29-year-old former Killeen school teacher was sentenced Thursday to five years deferred probation for soliciting sex from a 14-year-old student.
Jose Luis Solis Jr. was sentenced by Judge Martha Trudo of the 264th District Court on a Feb. 18, 2005, charge of injury to a child.
Solis originally was charged with solicitation of a minor, but pleaded no contest to the lesser charge. As part of a plea deal with the prosecution, Solis agreed to resign all of his teaching certificates and credentials.
Solis was an eighth-grade history teacher and coach at Live Oak Middle School in Killeen. He was arrested Aug. 11, 2005, at school after a four-month investigation conducted by the Killeen Police Department.
According to the arrest affidavit, Solis began soliciting sex from a female student now 15 years old who was in his history class. The defendant and the victim had telephone sex on several occasions and communicated by e-mail and instant messenger, going into detail about what the defendant would like to do sexually.
The affidavit states that a forensic examination was conducted on the victims computer by the police. Transcripts of the e-mail and chat conversations were found and were extremely sexually explicit, with Solis encouraging the girl to have sex with him, documents state.
A forensic examination was done on the victims computer and the log showed matching times on the correspondence.
Solis admitted to investigators that he had communicated with the student and that no one else had access to his computer.
In addition to the probation, Trudo ordered Solis to pay a $3,000 fine and to have no contact with children under the age of 17. He is not to attend any social functions where children might be present family gatherings, church groups, Bible studies, etc. nor is he to date any woman who has children younger than 17.
The defendant is not to go to any schools, playgrounds, or areas where children congregate, Trudo wrote in her decision. The defendant is not to take any jobs on any school ground whether teaching, aide, janitorial, etc.
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