A former police officer was arrested and charged with attempting to hire people to kidnap, rape and murder a pair of women in Pasadena.

The Pasadena Police Department said officers received a tip in early November that a man was attempting to hire someone to kidnap and sexually assault two women. Two undercover detectives were assigned to the case. One of the officers was solicited by the man to murder one of the women, according to a news release from the police department.

The man gave the officers $100 and three gold rings with gemstones as payment for the acts, police said.

Clarence Michael McNatt, 63, was arrested and charged with a count of solicitation to commit capital murder and two counts of solicitation to commit aggravated kidnapping with intent to commit sexual assault.

McNatt worked for multiple police departments in the 1980s and '90s, including Houston, Ames and Clear Lake Shores, according to the release.

McNatt was held in the Harris County Jail without bond on Thursday night.

— John Wayne Ferguson

Contact reporter John Wayne Ferguson at 409-683-5226 or john.ferguson@galvnews.com. Follow him on Twitter, @johnwferguson.

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