October 20, 2018, Joaquin, TX - Officers with the Texas Department of Public Safety, Homeland Security in cooperation with the Shelby County District Attorney's office have arrested a Joaquin man on multiple felony charges.
Alexander Barter, 21, of Joaquin is currently in the Shelby County Jail on charges of:
Criminal Attempted Sexual Performance of a Child - Felony 2
Criminal Solicitation - Felony 1
Conspiracy To Commit Capitol Murder - Felony 1
Criminal Attempted Capital Murder - Felony 2
Conspiracy To Commit Aggravated Sexual Assault - Felony 1
This is a developing news story. We will have more information as it becomes available.
Quote from Stephen Shires, Shelby County District Attorney:
“The dark web, and the individuals that operate there, pose a continued and increasing threat to the safety of our children. Jurisdiction, geography, and distance serve as a minimal, if any, impediment to some very terrible activities. In this matter, Law Enforcement mounted an effective and integrated (both state/federal and multi-state-Texas/Florida) effort to deal with this situation. Hopefully this will serve as a continued reminder that parents should always be vigilant and aware of what their children are doing on the internet. I hope it also gives folks some comfort to know that there are also good guys at work-highly trained, highly capable individuals working to protect us. And rest assured anyone utilizing the dark web will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law by my office.”