Man arrested after ‘treating’ 16-year-old girl, Leon Valley police say

SAN ANTONIO – A Leon Valley man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly exchanging hundreds of messages with a 16-year-old girl, according to records obtained by KSAT 12 News.

Police arrested Mason David Caldwell, 43, on suspicion of online solicitation of a minor.

Investigators began investigating Caldwell after a witness reported text messages between him and the teenager, according to his arrest affidavit. Caldwell is a relative of the teenager’s friend.

Days after the investigation began in June, investigators were contacted by the Texas attorney general’s office after receiving information about Caldwell on the Cyber ​​Tipline for Missing and Exploited Children.

The advice led investigators to secure a warrant for Caldwell’s Facebook, according to the affidavit, revealing posts dating back to January.

“The documents showed that (Caldwell) appeared to be preparing the victim,” investigators wrote in the arrest documents. “The hundreds of messages exchanged began with casual conversations and convinced her that other people might tell her it’s wrong to date an elderly person, but it isn’t.”

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The conversations then turned sexual, according to the affidavit, with Caldwell sending the teen porn videos and asking for photos.

The teenager later told police she initially thought Caldwell was inappropriate “but over time (Caldwell) convinced her it was the right thing,” according to the affidavit.

Caldwell’s bail is set at $ 75,000, according to jail records. He remained in the Bexar County Jail on Wednesday, according to records.

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