Scottsbluff man accused of sending sexually-explicit text messages

July 28, 2018

A 35-year-old Scottsbluff man has been jailed on charges he sent sexually-explicit text messages to a minor.

Emmanuel J. De Leon appeared in Scotts Bluff County Court on Friday on a charge of child enticement, a Class ID felony. DeLeon is next scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 3.

Charges against DeLeon stem from a report made by the father of a 16-year-old boy on Thursday. According to an arrest affidavit, the father of the boy contacted police, alleging that DeLeon had sent several text messages that were sexually suggestive in nature to his son. The arrest affidavit advised that the texts referred to specific sex acts.

The father alleged the man had met his son at a local store on Tuesday and sent the messages. The man sending the messages was planned to arrive at the parking lot of the store where they had met, to speak to the boy. The officer made contact with the man, telling him he would be detained. The man, identified as DeLeon, told police he did not know the boy was underage.

The officer questioned the man, who said he claimed he had met the boy because he was to interview two subjects for about two hours about their life experiences. After questioning the man, the officer arrested the man, who was jailed at the Scotts Bluff County Detention Center.

The man remains jailed on a $200,000 bond.

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