A Houston man pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge of attempted online solicitation of a minor.

Cesar Rivera-Reyes, 35, will serve six months in county jail as part of the plea agreement.

Judge Patricia Grady of the 212th District Court rejected an initial plea agreement for five years deferred probation.

Rivera-Reyes was arrested in April of 2016 during a three-day chat sting operation called “Operation Broken Heart III” conducted through the Houston-metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, officials with the department said.

About 126 suspects were arrested and charged during the course of the sting, officials said.

Operations were hosted by Montgomery County, Harris County, Fort Bend Sheriff’s Office, Katy Independent School District Police Department and Galveston Police Department, officials said.

Rivera-Reyes will be sentenced at a later date as he has a daughter in the hospital to care for before he goes to jail, Assistant District Attorney Christopher Henderson said.

Because he will be serving a jail term, Rivera-Reyes, an undocumented immigrant, will be eligible for deportation, Henderson said.

Contact reporter Matthew deGrood at 409-683-5230 or matthew.degrood@galvnews.com


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