AMARILLO, Texas — A Plainview man, Rudolph “Rudy” Mireles Jr., 25, was among those arrested in a law enforcement operation against child sexual abuse.
The Texas Department of Public Safety said, “Special Agents led an operation targeting child sexual predators in the Amarillo area.”
DPS also said, “The suspects were arrested when they arrived at an undisclosed location after soliciting sex online with investigators posing as minors.”
Mireles was charged with online solicitation of a minor according to online jail records from the Randall County Jail, and his bond was set at $25,000. The same records said he was released.
The following is a statement from DPS.
Online Operation Results in Numerous Arrests of Individuals Targeting Minors
AMARILLO – On December 8 and 9, Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Criminal Investigations Division (CID) Special Agents led an operation targeting child sexual predators in the Amarillo area. The operation resulted in multiple arrests for online solicitation of a minor. DPS Special Agents were assisted by DPS Highway Patrol, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) Police Department, and United States Marshals Service.
The suspects were arrested when they arrived at an undisclosed location after soliciting sex online with investigators posing as minors.
Undercover officers arrested the following persons:
Tyler Anthony Gardner, 40, of Amarillo, Texas
Rudolph “Rudy” Mireles Jr., 25, of Plainview, Texas
Hey Pla Soe, 27, of Dumas, Texas
Timothy Keith Wolske, 41, of Amarillo, Texas
Mickey Joe Tosh, 39, of Amarillo, Texas
All were charged with online solicitation of a minor and booked into the Randall County Jail.
Solicitation of a minor involves a defendant asking or engaging in a conversation with a minor and, during that conversation, asking (or soliciting) the minor to meet them for the purpose of engaging in a sexual act. Online solicitation of a minor under Texas Penal Code Section 33.021(c) is a felony of the second degree. Second-degree felonies are punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.