Gladewater, TX (KETK) — On Wednesday, May 8, around 10:00 a.m., the Gladewater Police Department was contacted by a concerned parent. They discovered that a 40-year-old man, their family knew from church, had attempted to contact their daughter via Facebook message with some inappropriate comments and requests.
Permission was obtained from the parents for Detective Sergeant David Burrows to take the phone and answer the suspect and play the role of their 13-year-old daughter.
During this time conversing with the suspect, Sgt. Burrows was able to obtain a felony arrest warrant for Shawn Christian Glidden of Kilgore.
During the course of the conversation Shawn Glidden agreed to meet and pick up, (who he assumed was the 13-year-old daughter), in his truck at around 5:30 p.m., Thursday, May 9, at the Bodacious BBQ Parking lot for the purposes of sexual intercourse.
The area was heavily staked out by undercover officers located inside Bodacious and the Tumbleweed Restaurant with other officers standing by.
As Glidden arrived in a white Ford pickup he was surrounded by officers and immediately taken into custody.
Glidden was arrested and charged with Online Solicitation of a Minor, a Second Degree Felony. Bond was set at $75,000.00. The investigation is still in its early phase and much will more will be done to follow up on this case.
Assisting Sgt. Burrows in the investigation and who were also present for the arrest is Detective Kevin Brownlee, who is in charge of the Cyber Crimes Unit of Longview Police Department, and the United States Secret Service.
The Gladewater Police Department will aggressively pursue and prosecute to the fullest extent of the law any sexual predator that would try to harm the children of our community. We are thankful for the attentiveness of involved parents, and officers who are committed to protecting the innocent and serving the community.