A man was sentenced by a Bell County Judge after police said he attempted to meet a 14-year-old girl for sex at a Killeen park last year, but ended up meeting sheriff’s deputies instead.
Kenneth Ricketson was sentenced Thursday to nine years in prison on a charge of online solicitation of a minor, sexual conduct, said Bell County District Attorney Henry Garza.
On April 25, 2018, the Office of the Attorney General conducted an internet investigation in Bell County during which an officer created a user profile on the application Whisper as “Barbiegirl5657,” according to the arrest affidavit.
A person using the name “Mixer_Rage,” later determined to be Ricketson, contacted Barbiegirl, who messaged that he was a 14-year-old girl.
“The suspect sent a picture of himself nude...” and requested sexual acts, according to the arrest affidavit. “The suspect then made plans to meet...at a public park located in Killeen.”
At the park, deputies identified the vehicle described by the suspect when it arrived and detained the suspect identified as Ricketson, police said. Deputies “interviewed (Ricketson), who ... admitted that he went to the park to have sex with a girl he believed to be 14 yeras of age.”