My name is ***** ***** I am an experienced criminal
Here is the statute for online solicitation of a minor.
The crime is a felony of the third degree if he did not set up a meeting with the minor in his solicitation. In Texas, that carries a minimum of 2 years of prison. The maximum is ten years. Otherwise, it is a felony of the second degree
, which has a 2 year minimum and a 20 year maximum.
It also would carry lifetime registration as a sex offender.
In short, these are very serious offenses, and as you can see from the statute, the fact that this was a sting operation would not be a defense to the charge.
It would be a defense to the charge if your boyfriend were less than three years older than the minor and the minor consented. Your boyfriend is only four years older, and this is a first arrest. So it's possible that a lawyer may be able to negotiate a probationary sentence
on a plea agreement
. A deferral on a case of this seriousness would be unlikely, but that would depend upon the facts and circumstances of the case.
Make sure your boyfriend has representation.