TYLER - A 25-year-old Tyler man is in the Smith County Jail after police said he tried to solicit a sexual act online from a 13-year-old girl.
At 6:45 p.m. Monday, Gregory Johnson, 25, of Tyler, was arrested for the online solicitation of a minor, a second-degree felony.
Police said Johnson was on a social media website when he initiated a conversation with what he thought was a 13-year-old girl. The person he was actually communicating with was a Tyler Police Department investigator.
During the course of the investigation, police said Johnson solicited a sexual act and agreed to meet the girl at a Tyler park.
When Johnson showed up to the park Monday, officials said he was met by a Tyler Police investigator, who was assisted by a Smith County Sheriff’s Office Investigator, and placed under arrest. Johnson’s bond has been set at $60,000.
Earlier this month, Tyler police also arrested Charles Tutt, 48, of Grapeland, after they said he also believed he was communicating with a 13-year-old girl and the two arranged a meeting at a popular location in Tyler.
Tyler Police Department Public Information Officer Don Martin said it’s important for the department to search for potential predators wherever they may be, including online.
“We do this as a tool to find out who these predators are and find out if what they’re doing is against the law,” Martin said. “We strongly encourage those who are thinking about doing this (to remember) they actually never know what they are dealing with until they meet up with them and it could be a police officer.”