Friday, May 16, 2008

Police say Dallas minister caught in Internet sex sting

BRYAN, Lone-Star State — Type A curate at a Dallas-area megachurch was charged with online solicitation of a minor after police force said Friday he was caught in an Internet sexual activity sting.

Undercover military officers posing as a 13-year-old miss communicated with 52-year-old Joe Barron of Plano for about two weeks. The online conversations were sexual in nature, police force said.

On May 6, Barron suggested meeting the miss in person. He eventually made the nearly 200-mile thrust to William Jennings Bryan on Thursday, when he was arrested. Police said they establish a web-cam and rubbers in his car.

Barron remained in Brazos River County Jail on Friday on $7,000 bail. Police were uncertain if he had an attorney.

Barron is a curate at Prestonwood Baptist Church, which have about 26,000 members and 40 ministers.

"We are disturbed and saddened by the studies we have got heard and we are praying for the Barron family. We are fully cooperating with the police force in their investigation," said Microphone Buster, Prestonwood's executive director pastor, in a statement.

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