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Arrest affidavit reveals details surrounding East Texans' solicitation of a minor charge


More details after been revealed about the arrest of an East Texas man accused of online solicitation of a minor. 40-year-old Shawn Christian Glidden, who was arrested last week, remains behind bars in Gregg County on a bond of $100,000.

Video from Gladewater Police Department shows Glidden's arrest after officers said he sent inappropriate Facebook messages to a 13-year-old girl.

According to the arrest affidavit, Glidden messaged a girl he knew from church saying, "was just wondering and please don't tell anyone I asked you this, but I was wondering if you were maybe interested in some friends with benefits, but if you are waiting on marriage that is cool and very respectable."

The child was at school when she received the message, something her mother found and immediately took to police. Sergeant David Burrows with the Gladewater Police Department said he accessed the Facebook account and continued the conversation.

"We spoke for the remainder of that day and also on Thursday. He was under the impression I was the 13-year-old child. He solicited the child for sex through the Facebook messages and asked to meet Thursday afternoon," Sergeant Burrows said.

Burrows arranged a meeting and had authorities stake out the location to make the arrest.

"We did seize some items of sexual nature and also computer equipment," Sergeant Burrows said.

Sergeant Burrows said they impounded his car and ran arrest warrants on his home and work, where he is employed as a computer technician in Tyler.

 "We are also working along with Facebook to get all the information, they've got everything saved and backed up for us," Sergeant Burrows explained.

As Glidden sits in the Gregg County jail, Sergeant Burrows said their crime lab is working to see if Glidden has done anything like this before.

Glidden faces an additional charge of violating conditions of his bond from a restraining order, which is a misdemeanor. According to court documents, Glidden did not pay his fines and fees or complete his community service.

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