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Four men arrested for online solicitation of a minor during undercover sting

(Source: Bell County Sheriff's Department) (Source: Bell County Sheriff's Department)
Jalil Townsend (Source: Bell County Jail) Jalil Townsend (Source: Bell County Jail)
Kenneth Ricketson (Source: Bell County Jail) Kenneth Ricketson (Source: Bell County Jail)
Matthew Pederson (Source: Bell County Jail) Matthew Pederson (Source: Bell County Jail)
Gerson Paz Paz (Source: Bell County Jail) Gerson Paz Paz (Source: Bell County Jail)
BELL COUNTY, TX (KXXV) -

Four Bell County men have been arrested for online solicitation of a minor by the Child Exploitation Unit of the Texas Attorney General's Office after an undercover operation.

Last week, Matthew Jay Pederson, Jalil Aziz Townsend, Gerson Yonatan Paz Paz and Kenneth Edward Ricketson sexually solicited Bell County investigators who were posing as children online, the Attorney General's office said. 

Authorities said the suspects began either sending or asking for something explicit within 10 to 15 messages.

The suspects were arrested when they arrived at a predetermined location expecting to meet and engage in sexual activity with a child.

During a press conference, Bell County Assitant Cheif Deputy Major T.J. Cruz said Ricketson is a soldier and that Pederson is a formerly served in the military. 

Officials also added that Paz Paz traveled from Hutto to meet with the "minor." He also has an immigration container. 

The men were each charged with online solicitation of a minor, a second-degree felony. 

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