Man caught in area child-sex sting arrested on new charges

Paul Anthony Spinn. (Jail photo)
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HAMILTON, Texas (KWTX) Paul Anthony Spinn, 28, of Holland, who was snared in an online child sex sting earlier this month in Hamilton County, was back in custody Wednesday evening, facing new charges after a search of his cellphone found that he “had been communicating with numerous children under the age of 17 via the smartphone application KIK, Snapchat, and text message,” according to a criminal complaint.

Spinn was arrested Wednesday afternoon on warrants charging promotion of child pornography and sexual performance by a child.

Bonds totaling $200,000 were recommended.

The warrants were issued after the search of Spinn’s cellphone revealed that he had requested and received graphic photos from a girl who said she was 14 and from a second girl whom investigators identified as a 15-year-old resident of Breckenridge with whom Spinn exchanged texts, the complaints say.

“A total of eight images containing child pornography and/or simulated sexual conduct were within the text message body between the child and Paul,” the complaint said.

Authorities are also looking into the possibility that other teenage girls in Texas, Oklahoma Kansas and Louisiana may have engaged in similar communications, Hamilton County Sheriff Justin Caraway said Wednesday.

Spinn was first arrested on May 18 in Hamilton.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, from April 2 through May 18, Spinn communicated through the Skout smartphone app with Caraway, who was posing as a 15-year-old girl known as “Mel Dub.”

During the chats, Spinn sent five explicit photographs and one explicit video, the affidavit says.

On May 18 Spinn agreed to drive to Hamilton, where he was pulled over just before noon at the intersection of East Leslie Street and South Manning Street.

“Paul confirmed he was the individual who sent the text messages agreeing to travel to Hamilton, Texas to engage in sexual intercourse with the 15 year old female,” the affidavit said.

He was charged with online solicitation of a minor.