A multiagency law enforcement sting operation on Wednesday and Thursday resulted in the arrests of four East Texas men for online solicitation of a minor.
Undercover officers arrested Rayme Everrett, 18, of Tyler; Manuel Huerta, 28, of Bullard; Randall Earl Powell, 55, of Longview; and Gary Dean Tennison, 54, of Henderson, when they arrived at a location after soliciting sex online, with investigators posing as minors, according to a news release from the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The DPS said the men were booked into the Gregg County Jail.
Tennison was also charged with possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1 weighing at least 1 gram but less than 4 grams, according to Gregg County Jail records.
Jail records show Tennison remained held in the Gregg County Jail on bonds totaling $45,000.
As of 12:15 p.m. Friday, bonds for Everett, Huerta and Powell had not been set, according to jail records.
Solicitation of a minor involves a person asking or engaging in a conversation with a minor and during the course of that conversation, the person asks or solicits the minor to meet them for the purpose of engaging in a sexual act, according to the DPS.
Online solicitation of a minor is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Gregg County Sheriff’s Office investigators, Gregg County District Attorney's Office investigators, Longview Police Department, Collin County Sheriff’s Office investigators, FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, supported by agents with the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division, Texas Highway Patrol and Texas Ranger Division assisted in the operation.