Two men with local ties were arrested after an undercover child solicitation investigation in Houston this month, law enforcement officials said.
Six men were arrested after they showed up to a meeting planning to engage in a sex act with an underage teenager, Harris County Precinct 1 Constable Alan Rosen said.
Police used mobile apps and social media sites to communicate with the men and plan the meeting, police said.
Eleno Garza, 26, of Houston, and Jeremy Chapman, 27, of Dickinson, were among the people arrested and charged with online solicitation of a minor, police said. The charge is a third-degree felony.
Garza's bond was set at $10,000, and he has been released, according to Harris County jail records. Chapman's bond was $10,000, and he was still in custody at Harris County jail, according to jail records.
Garza is a research associate at the University of Texas Medical Branch. A medical branch spokesman on Wednesday said that he worked in Galveston since September 2017.
Garza's duties in a neuroscience lab did not put him in direct contact with children, the spokesman said. He was still employed at the medical branch as of Wednesday.
Garza also has a teacher's license and a day care license, Rosen said.