Aransas Pass man suspected of online solicitation of a minor
Nov. 21, 2013 at 5:21 a.m.
Updated Nov. 22, 2013 at 5:22 a.m.
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An Aransas Pass man was arrested late Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of soliciting a minor online for sex.
Michael Andrew Cowan, 59, began contacting someone he thought was a minor on a social media website, according to a Victoria Police Department news release.
A complaint filed by Cody Breunig, a detective with the Cyber Crimes Unit, reported that Cowan sent several text messages to the minor, requesting "naughty pictures" and detailing "deviant" sexual acts that he wanted to perform with the minor.
According to the report, Cowan arranged to meet the minor inside Riverside Park but never showed up. Cowan later sent a text message that his phone died, asking for another chance.
Breunig wrote in the report that the extremely sexual messages sent "furthered (his) belief that (Cowan's) intent was to have sexual intercourse with the minor."
Cowan arranged to meet the minor at Children's Park on Wednesday afternoon, according to the complaint.
Cowan was arrested at the location on suspicion of online solicitation of a minor sexual conduct, a second-degree felony.
Blue pills, thought to be Viagra, were inside his pocket at the time of the arrest, as well as a silver ring he promised in a text message to buy the minor, according to the complaint.
The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which consists of members of the Attorney General's Office and the Victoria Police Department led the investigation.
According to the news release, the task force was created "in response to the increasing number of children and teenagers using the Internet, the proliferation of child pornography and the heightened online activity by predators ..."
Cowan is in custody at The Victoria County Jail. His bond is set at $50,000.