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Floresville man accused of online child solicitation

By By Caty Hirst - CHIRST@VICAD.COM
June 22, 2012 at 1:22 a.m.
Updated June 23, 2012 at 1:23 a.m.


Tips to keep children safe from online solicitation

• Never put a computer in a child's bedroom.

• Stay in contact with your child during the day.

• Install a computer software that will monitor Internet activity.

• Enable parental controls on smartphones and Internet routers.

• Purchase an Internet router that will allow content filtering, which can check for key words or phrases on social media sites.

Source: Victoria County Sheriff's Office

A musician came to Victoria on Thursday to play some gigs, but deputies say they also caught him trying to prey on a young girl.

Paul Victor Drozd II, 20, of Floresville, was arrested Friday and charged with online solicitation of a minor for sexual conduct.

"On his way into town he was communicating with the female using sexually explicit language and arranged a meeting," said Victoria County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Daniel Simons.

The location of the meeting was at a home in the 2200 block of Bon Aire Street, where Drozd hoped to meet with a 15-year-old girl. Instead, he met sheriff's deputies and Victoria police officers.

The sergeant said Drozd approached the house, sending a message that he was outside. Deputies then moved in to make the arrest.

"He was very surprised." Simons said. "He cried a little bit, and he continued to apologize."

The deputy quoted Drozd as saying, "I'm sorry, I'm sorry. I know it's wrong. I'm sorry."

The arresting deputy Michael Henry said in his report that Drozd's chat records indicated Drozd "engaged in sexually explicit conversation in an attempt to engage in sexual intercourse."

Chief Deputy Terry Simons said this instance had a good ending, as often times online solicitation can go unnoticed by parents or authorities.

"Generally, what happens is the kid gets molested and the parents find it out later on," the chief deputy said.

The rate of online solicitation is higher in the summer months, because children are left home alone for extended periods of time, he said.

It does not matter whether children have good intentions because they can be preyed upon by adults. The best option, Simons said, is to closely monitor a child's Internet use.

Monitoring children doesn't mean parents don't trust them, the chief deputy said, it means the parent doesn't trust anyone else.

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