An online solicitation sting led to the arrest of a 29-year-old registered sex offender who was trying to get a 14-year-old girl to have sex with him, only to find out he was chatting with an undercover Bellmead police officer, according to an arrest affidavit.

James Marvin Fairl, of Waco, was arrested Thursday after he started communicating with an undercover officer acting as a 14-year-old girl on Dec. 11. Fairl continued speaking with the officer through a social media account and eventually started sending inappropriate messages to the officer.

Through the online conversation, Fairl sent the officer images of fully-clothed adults in what appeared to be sex positions, the affidavit states. Fairl told the officer posing as the girl that he wanted to have sex with the girl.

Police arranged a meeting with Fairl Dec. 13, but he did not show up, the affidavit states. Bellmead Police Assistant Chief Kory Martin said officers continued to communicate with Fairl and got a warrant for his arrest charging second-degree felony online solicitation of a minor.

Fairl was previously arrested by Bellmead police in July 2017 on charges of sexual assault, child endangerment, harassing a public servant and resisting transport. Police said officers found Fairl intoxicated in a ditch after he crashed his bicycle. When police arrested Fairl in July 2017, he urinated in the back of a police car and damaged the car by kicking it, police reported at the time. Shortly after his arrest, a 22-year-old woman reported he had sexually assaulted her.

Fairl was convicted on the sexual assault charge earlier this year, sentenced to 10 years deferred probation and required to register as a sex offender.

Police arrested Fairl and took him to McLennan County Jail on Thursday evening on the solicitation of a minor charge. He remained jailed Friday afternoon with bond listed at $25,000.

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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