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Gymnastics teacher arrested for online solicitation of minor

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Plano police have arrested a 26-year-old man for online solicitation of a minor.

Lyndsey Ryan "Wes" Cox, of Hurst, is a youth gymnastics coach and has worked at multiple gymnastics centers across North Texas, according to police.

For the third time in four months, he is under arrest for a sexual crime related to a minor.
Cox was arrested Monday after a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

"We hope this was his first and his last," said Officer David Tilley with Plano PD.

The mother of the 14-year-old alleged victim alerted police and reported seeing an inappropriate Facebook message on her sons' Facebook from his ex-gymnastics coach.

Cox and the teen also texted and used ooVoo, which is an app for texting and video chatting. The two met through gymnastics. The detective posed as the boy online and began communicating with Cox.

"The question is what was the potential of where this was going to wind up going to," said Officer Tilley.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Cox stated, "As much as I love to hear you say you love me, someday your mind will change about that I'm afraid, because you are so young. When you turned 18 I would steal you away forever." Cox and the undercover detective agreed to meet at the Collin Creek Mall. Cox went on, "I want to lock you in my car and..." In the affidavit, Cox asked for nude pictures but the detective declined. Then Cox stated, "then save it for in person."

"He had full intentions on carrying out the act," said Officer Tilley.

Cox suggested getting a hotel room, stating, "it would give us more room to play."

Cox sent a message to the detective stating he had reserved a room at the La Quinta Inn in Plano, down the street from the mall.

Police say they followed Cox there and saw him make a reservation. Then, he drove to the mall parking lot where they arrested him.

They got search warrants and were able to seize a computer and cell phone. They'll investigate whether Cox had contacted any other former gymnasts he coached.

Cox had no prior criminal record and is being held at the Collin County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

Plano police say any other potential victims should contact investigators at 972-941-2580.


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