South Texas coach arrested for allegedly planning to meet with 15-year-old in Houston, Pct. 1 says

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HARLINGEN, Texas (KTRK) -- An athletic coach from the Rio Grande Valley was arrested for allegedly planning to meet with a teenage girl in Houston, according to the Harris County Pct. 1 Constable's Office.

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On Thursday, Miguel Angel Carlos was charged with two counts of online solicitation of a minor. Investigators say he was arrested in Harlingen at about 11 a.m.

The constable's office said the 46-year-old is the girls' basketball and track coach at Larasa ISD. Although, the school district reportedly told Precinct 1 that Carlos is not a teacher.

According to investigators, the coach was allegedly chatting online with who he thought was a 15-year-old girl for several months.

Pct. 1 says Carlos was actually talking with an undercover officer with the Internet Crime Against Children Task Force and was making plans to meet up with the girl in Houston.

"These criminals are master manipulators," the constable's office said, in part, on social media.

A judge set Carlos' initial bond at $500,000, for each count at $250,000, according to deputies.

It is unclear how long Carlos has been working as a coach at the district. Carlos is married and the father of two children.

Lasara ISD Superintendent Alejos Salazar sent the following letter to parents:

"Please be advised that our school district has been informed of the arrest of one of our employees. Please be advised that the arrest did not involve any Lasara ISD students, nor did it take place in our community. I cannot comment any further as this is a personal matter and an ongoing investigation."

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