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San Antonio man sentenced to prison after sending sexually explicit messages to undercover officer

San Antonio Express News logo San Antonio Express News 10/4/2022 By Taylor Pettaway, Staff writer
Reuben Garcia, 56, was sentenced to prison for online solicitation of a minor. © Bexar County Sheriff's Office

Reuben Garcia, 56, was sentenced to prison for online solicitation of a minor.

SAN ANTONIO — A San Antonio man was sentenced to eight years in prison for sending sexually explicit messages to an undercover police officer.

On Monday, Reuben Garcia, 56, pleaded guilty to online solicitation of a minor with intent to meet for sexual contact in the 186th District Court. After he is released, he must register as a sex offender for 10 years.

Garcia was arrested in June 2021 after sending several sexually explicit messages via the app Mocospace to a person he thought was a 16-year-old girl named Bekky, who was an undercover San Antonio police officer.

Garcia made arrangements to meet Bekky to have sex with her, the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office said.

“Cases like this should serve as a reminder to parents to know what your child is doing on his or her electronic devices. Predators like this will make friends with your children, gain their trust then make efforts to steal their innocence,” District Attorney Joe Gonzales said in a written statement.

The case was prosecuted by the Public Integrity and Cyber Crime Division.

taylor.pettaway@express-news.net

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