TEXARKANA, Texas — A man who was arrested after arranging to meet an undercover officer he thought was a 15-year-old girl was sentenced to seven years in prison Wednesday for online solicitation of a minor.
Julio Aguilar, 43, appeared Wednesday before 5th District Judge Bill Miller. As part of a plea bargain, Aguilar was sentenced to two seven-year terms for online solicitation of a minor and for possession of methamphetamine. At the hearing, Assistant District Attorney Katie Carter said the sentences will run concurrently because they occurred at the same time.
When asked by Miller through an interpreter if he is a U.S. citizen, Aguilar replied "no." An immigration hold has been placed on Aguilar, and he could be deported upon his release from a Texas prison. Court records do not indicate Aguilar's nationality.
On June 4, Aguilar exchanged text messages in which he agreed to pay a teenage girl for sex, according to a probable cause affidavit. Aguilar sent her a photo of himself online and said he would be driving a gray Chevrolet Camaro.
Members of the Texas Department of Public Safety's Criminal Investigation unit set up surveillance of the Dollar General parking lot where the meeting was to occur in Nash, Texas. Aguilar arrived at the agreed-upon time in a gray 2012 Camaro.
A DPS Special Agent who searched the car found 2 grams of methamphetamine and 3 grams of marijuana inside.
Aguilar was represented by Assistant Public Defender Sylvia Delgado.