Georgetown man accused of arranging to have sex with 15-year-old girl


GEORGETOWN

Man accused of arranging to have sex with girl, 15

A Georgetown man has been accused of arranging to have sex with a 15-year-old girl he thought he had met online but who turned out to be an undercover officer, according to an arrest affidavit.

Shane Perry, 27, was charged with online solicitation of a minor, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

A special agent conducted an undercover online investigation Tuesday focusing on people who were using the internet to sexually solicit children and then traveling to meet the children to sexually assault them, the affidavit said.

The agent posed as a 15-year-old girl online, according to the affidavit. It said Perry communicated twice online with the undercover agent posing as a 15-year-old girl and said he wanted to meet her to “engage in deviate sexual intercourse.”

Perry was given a place to meet the girl and when he arrived he was arrested, the affidavit said. He said he had traveled from his home to have sex with a 15-year-old girl, according to the affidavit.

Perry was released from the Williamson County Jail on Wednesday with bail set at $20,000.

During the investigation, Perry was told he was communicating with a 15-year-old girl on two occasions, according to the affidavit.

— Claire Osborn, American-Statesman

DOWNTOWN AUSTIN

Man accused of taking photos up woman’s skirt

Austin police arrested a University of Texas employee on Wednesday for trying to take photos up the skirt of a woman in downtown Austin in September.

Timothy Torres, 39, faces a charge of invasive visual recording, according to an arrest affidavit filed on Thursday.

The affidavit said a woman was walking into the Chase Bank building in the 200 block of West Sixth Street around 12:10 p.m. on Sept. 21, when she noticed a man quickly approach her from behind.

The woman turned around and saw the man pull his hand away from under her skirt, the affidavit said.

The woman went to a security guard at the building and looked at surveillance footage that showed the man placing a phone under her skirt with the camera lens facing up.

Austin police took screenshots of the suspect and notified police across the city to be on the lookout for the man.

On Oct. 26, University of Texas police contacted the Austin Police Department and told investigators the suspect might be a university employee.

A few days later, investigators identified the man as Torres, and confirmed that he was a Project Management and Construction Services Department employee at UT, the affidavit said.

Torres was being held at the Travis County Jail on Thursday with bail set at $15,000, jail records show.

— Mark D. Wilson, American-Statesman

TRAVIS COUNTY

EMS: 4 hospitalized after U.S. 290 crash

Four people were hospitalized Thursday after a crash on U.S. 290, Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services officials said.

Authorities said the crash happened on the eastbound service road of the highway near Oliver Drive around 2:18 p.m.

EMS said two women in their 30s were rushed to Dell Seton Medical Center with potentially serious injuries. Two others were taken to another area hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening, and a fifth patient refused treatment.

— Mark D. Wilson, American-Statesman

Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services



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