Gary Kuhns (left) learns his online chats were with someone slightly older than he expected…
A Porter man, who police say was cruising social networking sites for young boys, landed himself in jail Wednesday after allegedly arranging a meeting for sex with someone he believed to be a juvenile.
According to Captain Mark Seals of the Precinct 4 Constable’s Office, Gary Kuhns went to a convenience store in Porter where the 46-year-old pizza delivery man planned to meet and have sex with a boy 30 years his junior. However, the person Kuhns communicated with online for two days, was not a 16-year-old, but law enforcement. Kuhns was arrested upon arrival and transported to the Precinct 4 Constable’s Office for processing before he was released to the custody of the Montgomery County Jail.
Kuhns is charged with Online Solicitation of a Minor. His bond is set at $100,000.
Kuhns was the second child predator arrested in Montgomery County Wednesday. The earlier arrest occurred in The Woodlands, where the Precinct 3 Constable’s Office led the operation that resulted in the arrest of 20-year-old Sergio Ramos of Houston.
Like Kuhns, Ramos had also been communicating with law enforcement via social networking for about two days, and believed he was connecting with juveniles. Ramos allegedly arranged to meet what the thought were two 15-year-old girls for the purpose of a sexual encounter with both teens at once. Instead, he arrived to find several grown men with badges, and he too was arrested and charged with Online Solicitation of a Minor. No bond amount is available as of this writing.
Both arrests involved the efforts of Captain Seals and Precinct 3 Detective JJ Stitt, both of whom have special training in investigation of online child predators and have been directly responsible for, or involved in numerous arrests in Montgomery and surrounding counties. They were also the result of Montgomery County’s newly formed Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. The group was recently approved by commissioners and is comprised by the Precinct 3, 4, and 5 Constable’s Offices, Conroe Police Department and the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.
Captain Seals said Wednesday was productive and the Task Force will continue to operate.
“The citizens of Montgomery County should sleep better tonight knowing there are two less people preying on children,” Capt. Seals said.
Before the county officially had an ICAC Task Force, Precinct 4 Constable Rowdy Hayden and Precinct 3 Constable Ryan Gable devoted resources and manpower to the effort, led by Seals and Stitt, who continue to hone their skills at identifying and capturing predators.