A Denton County Sheriff's Office patrol sergeant has been accused of soliciting sex from someone he thought was a 16-year-old boy responding to the sergeant's Craigslist ad, according to an arrest affidavit.
Weston Jordan, who moved up the ranks from detention officer to patrol sergeant in 25 years at the sheriff's office, was arrested Tuesday night on a second-degree felony charge of online solicitation of a minor. He was booked into Tarrant County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail. If convicted, the charge carries a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison.
Jordan, 46, has been fired from his position, according to Sheriff Tracy Murphree, who referred to the man as a "predator" in a statement issued with a news release.
"I was extremely shocked and saddened and angered at the same time," Murphree said later in a phone interview, adding that he's known Jordan for about 20 years.
Jordan was arrested in North Richland Hills after a coordinated investigation with the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Fort Worth Police Department and the FBI, according to the arrest affidavit.
The document did not specify how long investigators had been aware of Jordan's alleged activities, but they began a proactive investigation Tuesday into a report of solicitation on Craigslist, the affidavit said.
Investigators created an undercover profile on the website to look like that of a 16-year-old boy, the affidavit said. One investigator responded to an advertisement Jordan posted on Craigslist that day reading, "I'm looking for a needy twink," the affidavit said.
Twink is a slang word that refers to a young gay man.
"I'm looking for a young discreet twink that's into body contact, make out, oral, and is a top, bottom or [versatile]," the first portion of the advertisement read, according to the affidavit.
The investigator emailed the ad poster, who was later identified as Jordan, and posed as a 16-year-old boy living in Hurst.
"I would love to but no car," the investigator told Jordan, according to the affidavit.
Jordan then told the supposed boy that he would come pick him up, but he said the boy also would have to spend the night with him, the affidavit said. Speaking as the boy, the investigator said he would ask his mother if he could spend the night at a friend's house.
During the conversation, Jordan asked the boy to send a photo of himself through email. The investigator sent a photo of a clothed body, and Jordan said he liked it, according to the affidavit. The affidavit did not specify whose body was in the photo.
Still acting as the boy, the investigator and Jordan talked about each other's sexual preferences, the affidavit said. At one point, the investigator posing as the boy said he was sexually inexperienced and asked Jordan if that would be a problem.
"That's fine, no pressure," Jordan said in the affidavit.
The investigator then provided an address where the two could meet in the 7700 block of Glenview Drive in Hurst. After several minutes, Weston asked the boy to send another photo with the boy holding a piece of paper that read, "Legit 03/13/2018," the affidavit said.
When the investigator sent the photo, Jordan said he would be on his way. He said he was bringing condoms, according to the affidavit.
"[The investigator posing as the boy] asked Jordan if we were only doing oral sex as he stated or more, and Weston responded saying either was fine or both," the document states.
At about 8 p.m. that day, Department of Public Safety officers stopped a Pontiac Grand Prix in the 7600 block of Glenview Drive and identified an occupant as Jordan.
The suspect said he had been waiting for an 18-year-old man he met online. Police searched Jordan and found a green piece of paper with an address in the 7700 block of Glenview Drive. He was then arrested.
Following his arrest, Jordan was interviewed at a local DPS office, where he continued to say he thought he was going to see an 18-year-old boy. Police collected his cellphone for evidence.
Murphree said he didn't know whether Jordan previously had faced disciplinary actions at the sheriff's office. The suspect has been at the office his entire career in law enforcement, obtaining the rank of sergeant along with a master peace officer certification from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.
JULIAN GILL can be reached at 940-566-6882.