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TYLER (AP) — An East Texas college professor has been accused of conversing with a 12-year-old girl online and trying to meet her for sex.

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Judd Harrison Quarles of Tyler was charged with online solicitation of a minor under age 14.

Smith County jail records Tuesday didn’t list an attorney for the 31-year-old Quarles, who was arrested Friday and freed on $350,000 bond.

Quarles taught economics and government at Tyler Junior College. He was suspended following his arrest.

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An affidavit says Quarles had sexual conversations with the girl, who pretended to be 18, but told police that he was never going to meet her.

A message for comment, sent Tuesday to his college email, was returned as undeliverable.

Quarles previously was chief of staff for state Rep. Matt Schaefer of Tyler.

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