A Chilton man and a Speegleville man were arrested Monday in two unrelated online solicitation of a minor stings. In both cases, police said men solicited sex from undercover officers posing as teenage girls through social media accounts.

Hewitt police arrested Christopher L. Magers, 28, of Chilton, on Monday after he contacted one of the city’s detectives posing as a 15-year-old girl in December, Hewitt Assistant Police Chief Tuck Saunders said.

“On December 11, he started the communication through a messenger and he was made aware that she was 15 and about to be 16,” Saunders said. “The conversation turned sexual and that they were eventually going to meet. He also sent images of sexual acts.”

Magers asked the girl to meet at a truck stop in south Hewitt on Monday, Saunders said. Police arrested him at the truck stop on a second-degree felony charge of online solicitation of a minor, he said.

Magers remained in McLennan County Jail on Tuesday night with bond listed at $20,000.

Hewitt police also arrested Isaac Christopher Quinteros, 39, of Bruceville, this weekend after a similar but unrelated investigation.

“We’ve always taken an aggressive approach when it comes to these types of investigations whenever (suspects) make these kind of requests,” Saunders said.

A similar online sting by the Woodway Department of Public Safety resulted in the arrest of John Patrick McGaugh, 64, of Speegleville.

During conversations McGaugh initiated with an officer posing as a 16-year-old girl, McGaugh referenced the fact that “he could get in trouble because of her age,” Woodway Public Safety Director Yost Zakhary said.

McGaugh exchanged several hundred messages during the week of investigation, and many of the messages were sexually explicit, Zakhary said.

McGaugh arranged to meet the girl at Richland Mall on Monday, and he asked her to send him several pictures of stores in the mall to prove she was there, Zakhary said. Detectives found McGaugh driving in the parking lot and arrested him without incident on a third-degree felony charge of online solicitation of a minor, he said.

“The Woodway Public Safety Department is committed to protecting the children of our community from predators,” Zakhary said in a statement. “We encourage parents and guardians of minors to monitor their children’s activity on social media sites and report anything they feel to be inappropriate to their local police department.”

According to McLennan County Jail booking reports, McGaugh was arrested in July on a Class B misdemeanor charge of prostitution by the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office. That case remains pending.

McGaugh returned to McLennan County Jail on a third-degree felony charge of online solicitation of a minor Monday. He had been released by Tuesday afternoon on a $5,000 bond.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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