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4/23/10

Former Lubbock Police Officer charged with solicitation of a child

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A former Lubbock Police Officer is booked into the County Jail, after he allegedly found himself on the wrong side of the law.

According to the arrest warrant, 26-year-old officer Jason Davis contacted two young girls on MySpace.

He says at the time he requested to be their friend on the social networking site he thought they were 18, but one was actually 14 and the other 16.

With the 16-year-old girl, he exchanged text messages and cell phone pictures of both him and the girl naked, even after he found out her real age.

The police summary says Davis asked her if she wanted to try out the sexual things they had talked about as soon as she turned 17.

Around 11:00 a.m. on Friday, he turned himself into the Lubbock Sheriff's Office.

Lubbock Police tell us he resigned from the force last Friday. He started working for LPD in 2007.

Lubbock police would not interview on camera, but Captain Greg Stevens said, "LPD discovered the criminal activity ourselves, and acted on it."

Local school districts say Internet and cell phone safety are a growing concern.  Rick Saldana, the Director of Safety at Lubbock-Cooper I.S.D., says parents should know their children's passwords.  "That's a way of being able to go in and check web sites that their kids are visiting.  A way of knowing where your kid is going," he said.

The Texas Attorney General's Office has a web site with tips for parents about how to keep their kids safe online.  Some of those tips include teaching kids not to give out personal information like a cell phone number and putting the computer in a place where you can monitor what web sites they visit.

Saldana also suggests parents regularly check their kids' cell phones.  "The capabilities that the cell phone has now, it's like you're walking around with a mini computer in your pocket," he said.

According the Texas Penal Code Davis offense is a State Jail Felony which carries a penalty of 180 days to 2 years in jail and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

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