The Dallas Morning News

5 men arrested, accused of attempting to solicit minor

- Anjulie Van Sickle

Authoritie­s arrested five North Texas men last week who are accused of attempting to solicit a minor during a sting operation.

Drew Patrick McDonald, 31, of Arlington; James Gilbert Hayes, 59, of Carrollton; Scott Fitzgerald Marestein, 48, of Wylie; Casey Tito Rodriguez, 24, of Keene; and Patrick Shawn Powell, 44, of Laguna Park face charges of online solicitati­on of a minor, a second-degree felony, according to the Texas attorney general’s website.

Investigat­ors with the attorney general’s Child Exploitati­on Unit posed as children online. Authoritie­s said the five suspects were arrested after they attempted to solicit them for sexual acts, thinking they were teenage girls.

The Johnson County Sheriff ’s Office, along with Cleburne, Burleson and Keene police, assisted the attorney general’s office in the operation.

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