Man accused of trying to pick up 15-year-old for sex

April 12, 2013 3:47:50 PM PDT
A bizarre Craigslist ad sparked an undercover operation and an arrest. The Humble man was arrested after police went undercover to answer that ad.

Randolph Stringer is charged with two counts of online solicitation of a minor because he told investigators he's met other young girls the same way.

Stringer is a 33-year-old man from Humble who neighbors call unsuspecting.

"I just never would've thought he was that type of guy," said one neighbor who didn't want to be identified.

Last week Stringer was arrested at his home, accused of exchanging a string of sexually explicit emails with someone he thought was a 15-year-old girl. It turns out, it was an undercover investigator.

Sara Kinney, a spokesperson for the district attorney said, "A lot of people don't associate craigslist with this type of crime."

Deputies say Stringer posted an ad in February on Craigslist's casual encounters section, saying he was looking for a teen girl.

Kinney explained, "The defendant did say in his initial post, 'the younger the better.'"

Detectives, acting like a 15-year-old girl, engaged in conversations with Stringer for several days. Court records show in some of the emails, Stringer says, "If I get you a phone will you be naughty for me?" and "If i pick you up one day soon and get you a phone, would you be kewel with hooking up and having some fun?" [ READ MORE OF THEIR EXCHANGES BELOW ]

"I hope he gets a lot of time for that. Just because I have young children too," a neighbor said. "That is just sick. That's really sick."

Stringer is due in court next week. If he is convicted, he will have to register as a sex offender.

We worked on this story with help from Houston Community Newspapers. You can read more in the Atascocita Observer.

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Some of the email messages that the defendant sent the undercover account are as follows:
Source: Court documents

February 7, 2013

Defendant: I just worked really. So you weren't really sick? Someone's a bad girl. LOL!
Defendant: Your a very pretty girl. You live in greenspoint?
Defendant: That would be great. Or if you have a cell we could text if you wanted. I just like to have fun really. Maybe we could meet up sometime.

February 8, 2013

Defendant: Thats good. When could you meet up?
Defendant: Do you have a bf?

February 9, 2013

Defendant: Yeah, I would take you to get a prepaid phone. If we were hanging out and having some fun babe. Did you sleep good?
Defendant: Oh and I am a big texans fan. If we become friends, I'll take you to a game next season. If I get you a phone will you be naughty for me? ;)
Affiant's Undercover Persona: lol I guess. How u wan me 2 b naughty lol. Sorry I didn't email you all day but I wuz chillin with my frenz we went 2 the mall and ate and looked at some clothes, what kind of car u have. is it a kewel car. i can only miss 3 more days this semester but I can miss next week one day or the week after would be better bc I missed a day lass wk. gotta be on the dl so no 1 is in my biz lol
Defendant: Your a smart girl. You know what naughty means. Did you see any clothes you wanted? Just let know which day is good with you and I'll play hooky from work too.

February 11, 2013

Defendant: So if I pick you up one day soon and get you a phone, would you be kewel with hooking up and having some fun? ;)
Affiant's Undercover Persona: Kewel sounds good. Lol what kind of fun u wan2 have :-) I'll try on clothes 4u if u wan. I never dated a old guy but I think its kewel cuz guyz my age r a holes. When?
Defendant: Naughty fun. ;) Its up to you babe. I can meet you anytime.
Defendant: Do you know what I mean by naughty fun baby? ;)
Affiant's Undercover Persona: I kewel with what ever. I don't know much I'm almost 16 an my frenz that r yungr no more then me lol I haven't done a lot embarrassing lol as long as u don't hurt me. I can miss skewel next week and It will look better then this week cuz I missed last week.
Defendant: Have you anything with a boy?
Defendant: Why would I be made at you sweetie? I'm going to enjoy teaching you how to be naughty. I know you will be good at it.
Affiant's Undercover Persona: Kewel,, what did u want me 2 dew lol
Defendant: Well do you want me to teach you everything? How to go the whole way?
Defendant: Good girl. I'm not interested in hurting you. I'll make sure you enjoy having sex as much as I do. Would you mind wearing a skirt on the day I pick you up?
Affiant's Undercover Persona: OK I can what day next week I live in the city view apartments on greens rd by fudruckers. What else uvwant me 2 dew :-)
Defendant: Any day next week, just let me know a day early. Whats your apt number, or do you want to meet me at the front of the apts? Or even in the fudruckers parking lot? Whichever.
Affiant's Undercover Persona: We can meet at fudruckers BC my neibors r nosey an that's not kewel
Defendant: You're a total virgin, right? I'm going to enjoy teaching you.
Defendant: Still there sexy girl? Everything ok?
Defendant: I really want to see you naked sweetie.
Defendant: Hey, does Wednesday work for the day to meet? Let me know. Also, what time? I want to spend as much time with you as I can baby.

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