A 19-year-old Texarkana man is being held in the Bowie County jail on a charge of online solicitation of a minor involving a 14-year-old girl.
Jeremy Javon Brown was allegedly communicating with the girl via Snapchat and text messaging, according to a probable cause affidavit. The girl’s mother contacted the Bowie County Sheriff’s Office in March after finding allegedly incriminating evidence in a phone the girl used.
Text messages from February 25 transcribed in the affidavit show Brown telling the girl he is 19 and the girl telling Brown that she is 14. The next day Brown allegedly sent the girl text messages discussing a desire to sneak the girl out of her Redwater, Texas, home or alternatively, having the girl sneak Brown into her house without her parents knowing. The messages include sexually explicit language.
Investigators attempted to meet with Brown in May but Brown allegedly would not answer phone calls from investigators following an initial phone conversation. In June, an investigator located Brown on Richmond Road in Texarkana, Texas, sitting in his smart car. Brown told investigators then that he could not afford the gas to drive to the sheriff’s office in New Boston, Texas, for an interview so investigators agreed to meet him at the sheriff’s office in the Bi-State Justice Center in Texarkana on the morning of June 5.
Brown allegedly failed to show for the interview. He was arrested July 2 and remains in jail. Bail is set at $75,000. If convicted, Brown faces two to 10 years in prison and could be required to register as a sex offender.