Waco: New charge filed in real estate agent cyber-stalking case

Andy Castillo, 56, was initially charged with criminal solicitation to commit aggravated sexual assault of a child, but on Wednesday was named in a complaint charging stalking, a third-degree felony.. (McLennan County Sheriff's Office photo/file)
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) A new charge has been filed against a man arrested on Jan. 6 in Lubbock following an investigation of a cyber-stalker who was targeting Waco area female real estate agents and threatening to sexually assault their children.

Andy Castillo, 56, who was arrested at a Lubbock residence, was initially charged with criminal solicitation to commit aggravated sexual assault of a child, but on Wednesday was named in a complaint charging stalking, a third-degree felony.

His bonds total more than $1 million.

About a half-dozen female agents in the Waco area received sexually explicit photographs sent from cellphone numbers they didn’t recognize as well as photos of their children, evidently copied from social media pages accompanied by descriptions of what the stalker or stalkers would like to do to the children sexually.

The stalker or stalkers evidently used apps to mask the numbers from which the images and messages were sent, but finally made a mistake, he said.

Authorities say what started as a local investigation may stretch far beyond Central Texas, however.

McLennan County investigators were contacting authorities in cities across the country including Amarillo, El Paso, Lubbock and San Antonio to determine whether they’ve received similar reports of cyber-stalking targeting female agents.

The local investigation may also link to similar cases in Tucson, Ariz.; Anaheim, Berkley, Irvine, San Jose and Santa Clara, Calif; Broward County and Daytona Beach, Fla.; New Orleans; Reno, Nevada; Albany and Manhattan, N.Y.; Beaufort, S.C.; Seattle, Wash., and Washington, D.C.