Man accused of using Craigslist to find HS girls

June 7, 2013 10:41:08 AM PDT
Authorities went undercover online to get the evidence they needed to charge a man who they say put up a shocking ad on Craigslist. Little did he know deputies were the ones who would answer that ad.

The guy was arrested after investigators tracked his phone to the IP address he was using on his work's Wi-Fi. Investigators say he confessed to everything.

Investigators say Raul Garcia posted an ad on Craigslist that read in part, "I am looking for a sexy high school girl..."

Sgt. Gary Spurger with the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office said, "Basically (it read), 'Looking for any hot high school chicks.' Going back and forth, 'We really don't care what grade you're in.'"

Undercover Harris County Precinct 4 Constable investigators found the ad and, posing as a 14-year-old girl, began communicating with its author. They say Garcia in online conversations became sexually explicit, so much so that we can't show you the entire exchange because it's too graphic.

But the 25-year-old allegedly asked the supposed 14-year-old if she wanted "sex on the down low" and if she would send him a "naughty pic." Investigators say Garcia sent them a dirty picture of himself. All of this was sent to adult male investigator, despite the fact, they say, that Garcia believed he was talking to a teenage girl.

"That is illegal in the state of Texas," Sgt. Spurger said. "You can't do that."

Garcia was arrested Wednesday where he works in northwest Harris County after authorities traced his IP address there.

At the apartment where he lives with his mother and grandmother, his family can't believe the allegations.

"He go to work and we don't know nothing about this," said his grandmother, Rosie Castro.

Investigators say this is a disturbing trend that's growing exponentially -- predators targeting young girls online.

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