Army recruiter accused of solicitation

A 26-year-old U.S. Army recruiter from Midland, Texas, was arrested Tuesday in Clovis, accused of using the Internet to solicit sex from what he thought was a 12-year-old girl.

The girl was, in fact, a Curry County Sheriff's Internet Predator Unit decoy, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller.

Waller said Arnold Gonzales is charged with felony child solicitation by electronic device.

Gonzales is an Army recruiter assigned to Midland. Waller said on his return to from a special assignment in Oklahoma, Gonzales diverted his travel to Clovis and arrived at a decoy house in Clovis driving a government vehicle.

Gonzales is accused of contacting a profile on an Internet social networking website that represents a 12-year-old girl. Gonzales is also accused of making arrangements to meet the child at her house to engage in sexual intercourse and video record his actions.

Gonzales is the second armed forces recruiter arrested by the sheriff's special Internet unit.

A Lubbock National Guard recruiter, Jeffrey Jackson, 44, was sentenced April 11 to 10 years in prison, a lifetime of supervised release, and required to register as a sex offender.

He was arrested in November 2011 in Clovis and accused of using the Internet to solicit sex from a 15-year-old girl.

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