Grapeland man accused of traveling to Tyler to meet with 13-year-old girl

Charles Tutt, 48, of Grapeland (Courtesy of Smith County Judicial)

A 48-year-old Grapeland man is in the Smith County Jail after investigators with the Tyler Police Department said they believe he traveled to Tyler to meet with a 13-year-old girl he'd been communicating with on a dating website.

Charles Tutt, 48, of Grapeland, faces an online solicitation of a minor charge and was booked into the jail after turning himself in on Thursday. He is being held on a $250,000 bond.

Tyler Police Department Public Information Officer Don Martin said Tutt used an online dating site and thought he had been communicating with a 13-year-old for a few weeks. However, he was communicating with a Tyler Police Department investigator.

It was arranged that the two would meet at a popular location in Tyler, Martin said  Tutt never showed up at the location but is said to have traveled to Tyler.

After Tutt didn't show up, police advised him that there was a warrant for his arrest. Soon after, Martin said Tutt turned himself in.

- Augusta Robinson


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