A Bruceville Eddy police officer was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a child and prostituting a minor after allegedly arranging sex with a teenager.
Nathaniel Lawrence, 32, was admitted to McLennan County Jail on Jan. 26 and is in a $ 40,000 bond, according to online records.
According to an affidavit, investigators were contacted about a possible victim of domestic sex trafficking in minors who was at McLane Children’s Hospital.
Hospital staff informed the investigator that a boy may receive financial benefits from adult men in exchange for sexual acts.
The teenager told the investigator that he received money or goods in exchange for sex after meeting men on a phone app. With the victim’s permission, the investigator observed communications with a phone number where a man asked questions such as “When can we reconnect?”
At that point the victim said, “Oh the cop”.
According to the affidavit, the boy said he met Lawrence on the app and Facetimed twice before meeting him.
The affidavit said on Thanksgiving night that Lawrence picked the boy up from his apartment and the two drove to a deserted street where they had sexual intercourse.
With the victim’s permission, the investigator pretended to be a boy and, according to the affidavit, exchanged messages on his phone with a phone number registered with Lawrence.
During the exchange, Lawrence stated that he wanted to return to intercourse with the minors.