A Bruceville man was arrested this weekend after he solicited sex from an undercover Hewitt police officer who was posing as a 15-year-old girl, Hewitt Police Chief Jim Devlin said.

Isaac Christopher Quinteros, 39, was arrested Saturday after he allegedly sent a friend request to social media account used by undercover Hewitt police detectives and started sending questions in December, Devlin said.

Devlin said the conversation initially started on whether Quinteros and the girl featured in the profile knew each other, then Quinteros’ communication turned sexual in nature.

“In the communication, we quickly established that this was a profile for a 15-year-old female and it was understood that he was talking to a 15-year-old female,” Devlin said. “He started requesting sexual acts from the profile.”

Devlin said online conversations continued on and off for the next several days and completely stopped over the holidays. Police moved forward in their investigation and were preparing to request a search warrant for Quinteros’ computers and cellphone and an arrest warrant on a charge of online solicitation of a minor.

“In the early morning hours of Saturday, the individual started contacting the profile page again, requesting that the 15-year-old meet him somewhere so he could take her to a hotel,” Devlin said.

Investigators arranged for a meeting at a convenience store in Hewitt where Quinteros would meet the 15-year-old girl, Devlin said. Quinteros entered the store, where he was arrested by undercover officers on a second-degree felony charge of online solicitation of a minor, he said.

“I think the officers did a really good job with this investigation and this type of offense,” Devlin said. “We don’t get these kinds of cases very often, but when they show themselves, the detectives are very adept on staying on top of them and working these cases, because these types of individuals need to be taken off the streets.”

Police believe Quinteros was staying at a motel in Bellmead at the time of his arrest. Police also discovered less than two ounces of marijuana in his possession and outstanding traffic warrants when he was arrested, Devlin said.

Quinteros was arrested on a Class B misdemeanor marijuana possession charge and felony solicitation of a minor charge. He was taken to McLennan County Jail, where he remained Monday with bond listed at $51,000.

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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