The attorney general's Cyber Crimes Unit,with help from the Shenandoah Police Department, arrested the men last week after they showed up at a pre-arranged location in Shenandoah to meet with a teenage girl for sex. The men unwittingly set up the dates with an undercover investigator posing as a 13- and 14-year-old girl.
One man traveled 500 miles from Oklahoma and another man brought a gun and rope restraints, investigators said.
Arrested in the sting were William Noel Shrum, 25, of The Woodlands; Guadalupe ''Wally" DeLaGarza, III, 26, of College Station; Robert Wayne Ramirez, 40, of Needville; and Calvin Hoddy Hannah, Jr., 51, of Owasso, Okla.
Shrum was arrested July 13 after he tried to meet a 13-year-old girl, investigators said. Shrum, a night maintenance worker at a Woodlands church, was charged with attempted aggravated sexual assault of a child and online solicitation of a minor.
DeLaGarza and Ramirez were both arrested July 18. Investigators said DeLaGarza was taken into custody after he showed up at the meeting spot with condoms, a digital camera, rope restraints and a handgun. The Texas A&M graduate student was charged with attempted sexual assault and unlawful carrying of a weapon, investigators said.
Ramirez, long-haul truck driver, drove his 18-wheeler to the meeting location and was arrested on charges of attempted sexual assault of a child and online solicitation of a minor, investigators said.
Investigators arrested Hannah on July 19, after he drove 480 miles from Owasso, Okla., a suburb of Tulsa. He stayed overnight in Huntsville before coming to Shenandoah to have sex with a 14-year-old girl, investigators said. He also was charged with attempted sexual assault on a child and online solicitation of a minor.
Attempted aggravated sexual assault of a child is second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Attempted sexual assault of a child is a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.