A 45-year-old Mesquite man, expecting to meet a 15-year-old for a sexual encounter, got a lot more than he was anticipating Monday afternoon.
After exchanging a number of messages with a young “girl,” Jeffrey Thomas Miller arrived at a South League Street convenience store about 2 p.m. and was greeted by Internet Crimes Against Children officers Police Sgt. Amanda Weatherford and sheriff's deputy Sgt. Corley Weatherford along with other police officers and sheriff's deputies instead of a young girl.
“There was a Mr. Miller came down from Mesquite — he thought he was talking to a 15-year-old female,” Sgt. Amanda Weatherford said. “He arranged a meeting for sexual conduct, shows up about 2 p.m. where he is met by law enforcement rather than the minor he thought he was going to meet.”
Miller was arrested, interviewed and confessed to the crime, Weatherford said.
Miller was arraigned Tuesday morning and bond was set at $50,000 for online solicitation of a minor. He is being held in Hopkins County jail.
Weatherford said additional charges against Miller may be pending.
“It's a good possibility,” she said. “We have to look into some other factors. We have some other offenses that might be coming down the line.”
Miller's arrest adds one more name to a growing list of men who have come to Hopkins County expecting to meet an underage child for a sexual encounter but ended up in jail.
Both police and sheriff's deputies say the number of arrests reflect an aggressive, coordinated effort by both the police and sheriff's departments.