Man arrested for online solicitation of a minor

Posted at 11:16 AM, Jan 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-25 17:40:17-05

The Whitney Police Department said they arrested a man for online solicitation of a minor on Wednesday. 

Police arrested 59-year-old Gary William Watts of Whitney. 

Watts thought he was messaging a 16-year-old on Facebook, but he was actually messaging an undercover police officer. 

Watts asked the "16-year-old" if they could meet and smoke marijuana together. Watts encouraged the "16-year-old" to contact him via telephone. He also sent several photos of himself. 

Watts asked the "16-year-old" to send nude photos to confirm who he was talking to. 

Watts was arrested on an arrest warrant issued by Hill County.  Watts is being held in the Hill County Jail. Additional charges are pending. 

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