A Texas Child Protective Services caseworker was fired before Arlington police arrested him for alleged online solicitation of a child for sex, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
An Arlington officer pretended to be a 15-year-old boy online by using a photo of a real teenager who gave consent. In return, he received explicit photos and sexually charged messages from Bedford resident Rodney Leon Carroll, 52, last October, according to the arrest warrant.
The newspaper reported that Carroll was arrested earlier this month and released from jail after posting a $5,000 bond. Records provided to the Star-Telegram show that the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services had already informed him of his immediate termination in a Nov. 22 letter. He had worked as a family-based safety services worker since February 2019.
The warrant states that Carroll contacted a minor younger than 17 “with intent to commit sexual assault.”
The detective established a profile on dating apps, chat rooms and other social media platforms to lure sexual predators, the newspaper reported. A person with the username “Ryendorgib” contacted him and eventually sent sexually explicit messages and a nude photo. The warrant states that police were able to identify Carroll as the suspect after he provided his phone number, and they looked it up in a police database and compared his driver’s license photo to pictures he’d sent online.