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Leander police accuse teen of making threat with bathroom graffiti


Police say teen issued graffiti threat

Police in Leander arrested a 17-year-old on Monday who is accused of penning threatening graffiti in a Rouse High School bathroom.

Tyler Philip Contatore of Leander faces felony charges of graffiti and exhibition of a firearm, according to Leander police.

Officials at Rouse notified police of the graffiti on Oct. 4 and immediately began investigating.

Police said the graffiti threatened that violence would occur on Oct. 12.

— Mark D. Wilson, American-Statesman


Injured teen airlifted to hospital

A teenage boy who was injured at West Ridge Middle School was airlifted Tuesday to Dell Children’s Medical Center, Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services said.

EMS Capt. Rick Rutledge said medics were dispatched to the school west of Austin in the Eanes school district around 3:58 p.m. The boy had serious but not life-threatening injuries, he said.

The eighth-grader was airlifted from football practice “out of an abundance of caution,” Eanes director of communication Claudia McWorter said.

The student took a “hard hit,” McWhorter said, but his vitals were “fine” and he was conscious. His mother accompanied him in the helicopter.

— American-Statesman staff


Affidavit: Parents find 19-year-old under bed

A 19-year-old who was found hiding under a Del Valle 13-year-old girl’s bed in April is facing felony charges for his alleged role in a relationship with the teen that lasted roughly a year.

Joel Aguilar will face a charge of online solicitation of a minor, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Aguilar, who was 18 at the time of the relationship, is accused of using social media apps including Kik, Instagram and Snapchat to send sexually explicit messages and images to the teen for some time before being found by her parents under the teen’s bed on April 29, the affidavit said.

Aguilar told Austin police he and the teen would still be dating if he hadn’t been caught, the affidavit said.

— Mark D. Wilson, American-Statesman


Man accused of having child porn on phone

A man who was arrested in August after a domestic disturbance is facing charges of possession of child pornography after his girlfriend told police that she found inappropriate images on his phone, which she handed over to police.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Austin police were dispatched to a family violence call in the 600 block of West 32nd Street around 2:24 a.m. on Aug. 16. They arrived and determined that Michael Solsbery, 37, had assaulted his girlfriend.

Police charged Solsbery with family violence and placed him under arrest. Officers cleared the scene, but a few hours later, they received another call to the same address.

Solsbery’s girlfriend had used his phone to send a text message to the man’s boss several hours after his arrest and “observed multiple images of child pornography,” the affidavit said.

Authorities at the Travis County Jail said Solsbery was released from the jail shortly after being booked on the family violence charge in August. He had not been booked on the new charge as of Tuesday.

Possession of child pornography is a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

— Mark D. Wilson, American-Statesman

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