Sulphur Springs man, 41, charged with online solicitation of preteen

Officials urge parents to monitor kids' electronic communications

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Sept. 3, 2008 - A Sulphur Springs man was jailed Tuesday for sending illicit text messages to a preteen girl, marking at least the three people who have arrested by sheriff's officers within the last year for online solicitation of a minor.

Michael Allen "Stud Muffin Mike" Littlejohn, 41, was arrested at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday by Hopkins County Sheriff's Investigator Lewis Tatum and Texas Ranger John Vance and remained in the county jail Wednesday morning in lieu of $25,000 bond, set by Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Yvonne King, on the second-degree felony online solicitation of a minor charge.

Officials were contacted by the parents of the rural Sulphur Springs girl reported suspicious activity regarding their daughter's cellular phone Thursday evening, Aug. 28. Upon investigation, the officers found what they believed to be sufficient information showing Littlejohn sent text messages containing information referencing sexual acts, the content all inappropriate for a minor, according to Tatum.

Littlejohn was contacted and picked him at a county residence by Tatum and Vance, who transported him to the sheriff's office then interviewed Littlejohn regarding the allegations of online solicitation of a minor.

Littlejohn, who listed his occupation as a farm laborer, was arrested after he "admitted to text messaging an under age female," according to arrest reports.

Tatum said the victim's parents exactly did what law enforcement recommends all parents do, monitor their children's electronic communications for suspicious activity then contact authorities when they discovered the text messages made to their daughter which contained sexual content.

"Parents definitely need to monitor their children's cell phone and computers for suspicious activity. I've done three of these cases for online solicitation with solid arrests within the last year. In light of that, we urge parents to keep an eye on their teens cell phone and computer use. This is not about their privacy, this is about kids' safety. We encourage anyone, if they notice any kind of suspicious or strange activity to contact us and let us look into it," Tatum urges.

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

A Sulphur Springs man was jailed Tuesday for sending illicit text messages to a preteen girl, marking at least the three people who have arrested by sheriff's officers within the last year for online solicitation of a minor.

Michael Allen "Stud Muffin Mike" Littlejohn, 41, was arrested at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday by Hopkins County Sheriff's Investigator Lewis Tatum and Texas Ranger John Vance and remained in the county jail Wednesday morning in lieu of $25,000 bond, set by Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Yvonne King, on the second-degree felony online solicitation of a minor charge.

Officials were contacted by the parents of the rural Sulphur Springs girl reported suspicious activity regarding their daughter's cellular phone Thursday evening, Aug. 28. Upon investigation, the officers found what they believed to be sufficient information showing Littlejohn sent text messages containing information referencing sexual acts, the content all inappropriate for a minor, according to Tatum.

Littlejohn was contacted and picked him at a county residence by Tatum and Vance, who transported him to the sheriff's office then interviewed Littlejohn regarding the allegations of online solicitation of a minor.

Littlejohn, who listed his occupation as a farm laborer, was arrested after he "admitted to text messaging an under age female," according to arrest reports.

Tatum said the victim's parents exactly did what law enforcement recommends all parents do, monitor their children's electronic communications for suspicious activity then contact authorities when they discovered the text messages made to their daughter which contained sexual content.

"Parents definitely need to monitor their children's cell phone and computers for suspicious activity. I've done three of these cases for online solicitation with solid arrests within the last year. In light of that, we urge parents to keep an eye on their teens cell phone and computer use. This is not about their privacy, this is about kids' safety. We encourage anyone, if they notice any kind of suspicious or strange activity to contact us and let us look into it," Tatum urges.

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