A former Texas A&M graduate student was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in prison for using the Internet to solicit sex from a teen.
Guadalupe "Wally" DeLaGarza, 27, pleaded guilty to attempted sexual performance by a child.
He was arrested on July 18, 2006 in Shenandoah, where he went to meet who he believed was a 14-year-old girl. It was actually an investigator with the Texas Attorney General's Cyber Crimes Unit that DeLaGarza met on MySpace.com.
DeLaGarza was arrested while in possession of a handgun, rope restraints, condoms and a digital camera. At the time of his arrest, DeLaGarza was a graduate student at Texas A&M University.
After he is released from prison, DeLaGarza will be required to register as a sex offender for 10 years.
"This dangerous sex predator used MySpace.com in an attempt to meet and sexually assault a 14-year-old girl," Attorney General Greg Abbott said in a press release. "Though this criminal is now behind bars, parents must stay vigilant and teach their children to safely use the Internet."
Since 2003, the Attorney General Greg Abbott's Cyber Crimes Unit and Fugitive Unit have arrested more than 600 sex predators.