TEXARKANA, Texas – A felony arrest for soliciting prostitution in Texarkana last week highlights recent changes to Texas law.
Beginning September 1, those charged with solicitation face six months to two years in a Texas state prison. Prior to that date, the offense was a class B offense. People who have already been convicted of soliciting can now be charged with a third degree felony and if the offense involves a minor, the range of penalties increases.
The change in the law aims to discourage human trafficking.
Klyne Allen Hughes, 47, of Idabel, Oklahoma, was arrested Wednesday for felony solicitation of prostitution at a location in Texarkana, according to a probable cause affidavit prepared by a soldier with the Texas Department of Public Safety. The affidavit states that the DPS was part of a “multi-agency undercover prostitution operation”.
“Hughes responded to an Internet ad for prostitution. Hughes then agreed to meet with the agents posing as a prostitute and exchange $ 110,” in exchange for sex.
Hughes was charged with carrying a weapon in connection with a pistol allegedly found in his possession and possession of a controlled substance containing 3.63 grams of methamphetamine allegedly found in Hughes’ vehicle.
A firearm suppressor without an identification number was reportedly found in the rear compartment of the driver’s seat.
“ATF (alcohol, tobacco, firearms and explosives) will be contacted with reference to the suppressor,” the affidavit reads.
Hughes is currently free on bonds totaling $ 15,500.
Three other men were arrested Wednesday in Bowie County for attempting to solicit prostitution.
According to documents indicting the men in these cases, they responded to advertisements for prostitution on the Internet, “which was more than just preparation which strained but failed to carry out the commission of the intended offense.” .
Attempted solicitation of prostitution is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of one year in a county jail.