Floresville man gets 5 years probation for online solicitation of minor
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A Floresville musician who a child porn task force arrested last summer while trying to solicit a minor online pleaded guilty Wednesday to the charge.
A judge sentenced Paul Victor Drozd II, 20, to five years probation and 80 hours of community service.
Drozd agreed to meet a 15-year-old girl at a home in the 2200 block of Bon Aire Street while in Victoria for a music gig in June.
Victoria County Sheriff's deputies and Victoria police officers arrested him after an officer posed as the online teen victim. At one point, Assistant Criminal District Attorney Eli Garza said, Drozd stood outside the house where he was supposed to meet the underage girl and paused.
"He texted and said his conscience got the best of him," Garza said, "but under the statute, once you make an agreement to meet with a child under the age of 17 for sexual conduct, even if the agreement doesn't happen, you're guilty of online solicitation of the minor."
One count of online solicitation of a minor for sexual conduct and three unrelated charges of possession of child pornography that were listed in the October 2012 indictment were dropped.
Garza said he decided to abandon the possession of child pornography charges after meeting with the victim who sent the explicit photo to Drozd's cellphone. He said she is now an adult and didn't feel too strongly about sending Drozd to prison.
"We take that into consideration," Garza said, adding that it would be a different result if he believed Drozd was to be "predatory in nature."
Defense attorney Brent Dornburg said this was a fair resolution for a unique case.
He said he thought the method in which the task force apprehended his client was professional.
"It depends on how the operation is actually carried out and whether they are proactively looking for people or if they're waiting for someone to come by and approach them," Dornburg said.
Garza said the collaboration between his office and law enforcement in regards to tackling child pornography cases will continue.
"It was a very good sting operation," Garza said. "When you're dealing with protection of children, fair has got nothing to do with it."
Drozd will have to register as a sex offender for 10 years.
Drozd is one of five people arrested by the joint child porn task force in 2012.