FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas – The Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office arrested 13 men as part of its Internet Crimes Against Children operation.
Among those arrested were a high school football coach an officer in the Army National Guard, a man already out on bond for an alleged sexual assault in Harris County last May, and a Rosenberg father who left two small children at home to allegedly rendevous with a teenage girl for sex.
"This is horrible, what you're seeing with some of these individuals, and what they're attempting to do," Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls said.
The suspects were swept up in a sting operation conducted by Fort Bend Sheriff's Department and members of the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force. Officers poised as 14- and 15-year-old girls on the Internet and arranged for the men to meet them. When the suspects showed up, they were arrested.
"We use social media sites, we use Internet websites and applications. Anywhere kids can go and adults can go," Sgt. Jared Nethery with Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office said.
One of the suspects, Christopher Nunes, 32, is a special education teacher and assistant 9th grade football coach at MacArthur High School Nunes is now charged with online solicitation of a minor, and attempted sexual assault of a child. He's been placed on administrative leave by the Aldine Independent School District. School police are now also investigating.
Investigators said Lee Philip Traver, 34, of Rosenberg, told deputies he left his children, 2 and 4 years old, at home alone to make the meeting. After his arrest, deputies found the children at Traver's house. Child Protective Services is now investigating and has placed the children in the custody of their mother. Traver is also charged with two counts of endangering a child along with online solicitation of a minor and attempted sexual assault of a child.
"Can you imagine leaving a 2- and a 4-year-old home alone to knock on a door assuming you're going to meet a 14- or 15-year-old girl? That's a problem," Nehls said.