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‘Age is just a number:’ Socorro man arrested for online solicitation of a minor

A Socorro man who claimed “age is just a number” was arrested in reference to six felony warrants together with online solicitation of a minor, authorities stated.

Christian Rodriguez, 41, was arrested April 29 on three counts of online solicitation of a minor, one rely of tampering or fabricating bodily proof with intent to impair and two counts of possession of a managed substance, El Paso County Constable’s Office Precinct #6 officers stated.

Rodriguez was arrested about 10 a.m. at a residence within the 800 Block of Eligio Drive in Socorro, Texas after constables acquired info he was needed on six warrants.

He was booked into the El Paso County Jail on six felony warrants and three visitors warrants. His complete bond was set at $154,143. He has but to publish bail as of Friday, May 3 and stays jailed, jail logs present.

Rodriguez’s legal professional, Brian Kennedy, declined to touch upon the case, saying, “we are still gathering all the information and we are looking forward to dealing with these charges in the courts.”

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‘Age is just a quantity’

Rodriguez started speaking to who he believed was a 15-year-old woman round Aug. 30, 2022, on the social media platform “MocoSpace,” a grievance affidavit states. However, the woman was really an undercover regulation enforcement officer working as half of a multi-agency investigation focusing on folks trying to solicit intercourse from minors.

He advised the undercover officer he was wanting for “friendship and all the meanwhile having some fun in the process,” the affidavit states. Rodriguez allegedly advised the officer, “I am respectful, handsome and very talented in bed” whereas describing the dimensions of his penis.

Rodriguez despatched two photos to the officer that “focused on his crotch,” the affidavit states. He allegedly requested the undercover officer “so when are available, what times?”

The undercover officer replied, “I’m almost 16 u cool with that?” Rodriguez answered again, “Your 16??”

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“Almost,” the undercover officer stated. Rodriguez allegedly replied, “So your 15? I’m cool if your cool about it. I’m too old for you, but I want something intimate with you. not sure if you want that.”

Rodriguez then started sending specific messages to the undercover officer and asking for pictures of the woman, the affidavit states.

He stated he needed to arrange a day and time to satisfy to see if there was any chemistry, the affidavit states. The undercover officer replied, “ok sounds good. I mean there might not be cuz u said you’re 28 so not sure what I’ll have in common with u.”

“Remember, age is just a number and we could have nothing in common but as long there a mutual attraction to each other. So that leads to the possibility of having chemistry which is the most important factor in this equation,” Rodriguez allegedly replied.

No additional particulars of the incident had been included within the affidavit.

According to an indictment filed within the case, one rely of online solicitation of a minor is for Rodriguez soliciting a minor over the web for intercourse. The second rely is for sending specific messages to a minor, whereas the third rely is for sending specific pictures to a minor.

Allegedly threw away meth when questioned by cops in unrelated incident

El Paso Police Department officers had been conducting a “pro-active patrol” about 2:35 a.m. April 17 within the 3100 block of Pera Avenue in South-Central El Paso after they noticed Rodriguez.

The affidavit claims the world is identified for possession and gross sales of narcotics, and automobile burglaries.

Rodriguez was “suspiciously looking into a parked vehicle,” the affidavit states. Officer then turned on their patrol automobile’s emergency lights and advised Rodriguez they needed to speak to him.

Rodriguez allegedly “began to slowly back pedal and walked away from the police vehicle,” the affidavit states. He requested police in the event that they needed to speak to him or another person. Officers believed Rodriguez’s actions and remarks had been suspicious, the affidavit states.

He continued to stroll away from the officers’ automobile. The officers allegedly noticed Rodriguez throw a plastic baggie into a courtyard of an residence advanced. He then turned and walked towards the officers.

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Rodriguez was questioned by officers in regards to the automobile he was wanting in to. He advised officers the automobile belonged to his buddy. He advised officers he didn’t live in that space. Officers patted him down to look for weapons.

Officers discovered the plastic baggie within the residence advanced’s courtyard. The baggie contained a crystal rock believed to be methamphetamine, the affidavit states. Rodriguez denied the baggie belonged to him and that he had thrown it into the courtyard.

He was then arrested on suspicion of possession of a managed substance. Officers performed a check on the crystal rock, which weighted about 3.4 grams. The check outcomes revealed the crystal rock was methamphetamine, the affidavit states.

Rodriguez is anticipated to go to trial Sept. 23 in reference to the online online solicitation of a minor, possession of a managed substance and tampering with proof expenses, court docket information present.

Aaron Martinez could also be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @AMartinezEPT.

This article initially appeared on El Paso Times: Texas man arrested on suspicion of online solicitation of a minor

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