Six Central Texas men arrested in child exploitation investigation

Clockwise from top left: Demerick Deon Hearne, 47; Isaac Figueroa Jr., 28; Jesse Franklin Quidachay, 37; Josef James Dilly, 31; Victor Manuel Vascot, 45; Justin Earl Kepler, 31. (Texas Attorney General's Office photos)
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COPPERAS COVE, Texas (KWTX) Six Central Texas men have been arrested in a child exploitation investigation conducted in cooperation with the Copperas Cove Police Department, the Texas Attorney General’s Office announced Wednesday.

“The grotesque targeting of children is a nationwide issue, and this serves as a reminder that our communities must remain vigilant to protect the most vulnerable from exploitation,” Attorney General Ken Paxton said.

“I thank the hard-working investigators with my office’s Child Exploitation Unit and Human Trafficking Unit, and the brave police officers of Copperas Cove Police Department for stopping these child-predators from potentially harming more innocent children.”

Five men were charged with online solicitation of a minor: Josef James Dilly, 31, of Copperas Cove, who was arrested on Nov. 20; Victor Manuel Vascot, 45, of Killeen, who was arrested on Nov. 20; Isaac Figueroa Jr., 28, of Round Rock, who was arrested on Nov. 21; Justin Earl Kepler, 31, of Lampasas, who was arrested on Nov. 21; and Jesse Franklin Quidachay, 37, of Copperas Cove, who was arrested on Nov. 21.
November 21 on one count of Online Solicitation of a Minor.

Demerick Deon Hearne, 47, of Copperas Cove, who was arrested on Nov. 20, was charged with one count of prostitution.

The six men were taken to the Coryell County Jail.

None appeared on the jail’s online roster Wednesday.