Former TISD security guard charged with promoting prostitution

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UPDATED STORY – Former TISD security guard pleads guilty to promoting prostitution

A former Texarkana, Texas, Independent School District security guard has been charged with promoting prostitution in Bowie County.

Michael Carroll James, 42, is accused of offering to pay a 14-year-old boy for sex, according to a probable cause affidavit. The boy’s mother went to the Texarkana, Texas, Police Department to make a report July 26 and described James as a family friend. Investigators arranged for the boy to be interviewed at the Texarkana Children’s Advocacy Center by a forensic interviewer.

“During the interview the victim stated that James asked him if he would like to make money on a rainy day and that he said, ‘yes,'” the affidavit states.

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The boy allegedly told the interviewer that James made references to sexual conduct and started touching him.

“The victim told him to move and James said, ‘You got to get used to me touching you,'” the affidavit states. “The victim told him that he changed his mind about making extra money.”

The boy allegedly told the forensic interviewer that James rubbed his back and motioned toward his left shoulder and chest area when asked where he had been touched. The interaction allegedly trasnpired in James’ car. James allegedly offered to pay the boy “no less than $35” in exchange for sexual contact.

James was employed as a TISD security guard from Sept. 1, 2005, to July 11. According to the affidavit, James’ alleged solicitation of the boy occurred July 25.

James’ case has not been presented to a grand jury for formal indictment. He is currently free on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.

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