FRISCO (CBSDFW.COM) – A North Texas principal woke up behind bars Wednesday morning — accused of arranging to have sex with a child he met online.READ MORE: With COVID-19 Cases 'Skyrocketing' In Dallas County, Risk Level Bumped Up To 'Red'
Oscar Figueroa has been an educator for more than two decades, now he’s accused of trying to solicit a minor online. The 46-year-old was arrested Tuesday at Stonebriar Centre in Frisco.
After spending the night in the Frisco City Jail, Figueroa was arraigned Wednesday morning and his bond set at $10,000.
Police say Figueroa arranged to meet what he thought was a child at the mall. He had actually been online with undercover detectives.
Figueroa is the principal of Viridian Elementary School in North Arlington. The school is part of the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District.
According to the HEB ISD website, Figueroa has previously worked for the Little Elm school district, and the Richardson ISD. He joined the HEB school district in 2007, as a bilingual/ESL coordinator.READ MORE: Juneteenth Now An Official City Holiday In Duncanville
Figueroa was principal of Hurst Hills Elementary School, before becoming principal of Viridian Elementary when it opened in 2014.
The principal is on paid administrative leave.
An HEB ISD spokesperson issued a statement that said, in part, “The safety and security of our students is always our top priority. We will follow all state and local policies as we investigate and address these allegations.”
Figueroa is reported to have degrees from Southern Methodist University and North Central Bible College.
Now police are trying to find out if there are other victims out there. Wednesday morning Frisco police Officer Chad Laprelle said, “What we’re asking [is] if anybody thinks that they might have been a victim, or they have any information related to this individual, or have a concern, or just something doesn’t feel right – talk to your kids. We encourage that. And if they have some questions or concerns, we want them to reach out to us.”
Any possible victim or person with information about the accusations against Figueroa is asked to contact the Frisco Police Department at 972-292-6010. Anonymous tips may also be sent by text to the police department through tip411 by texting “FRISCOPD” and the tip to 847411 (tip411).MORE NEWS: 'Lockdowns Are Wrong': Texas Gov. Abbott Reaffirms No More State Shutdowns, Mandates During Pandemic
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