Man arrested for soliciting minor

From Joe Prentice, Okmulgee Police Chief:
Members of the Okmulgee Police Department regularly work with the OSBI’s Internet Crimes Against Children Unit. As part of that relationship, members of the department investigate crimes against children that include those facilitated by use of the internet and social media. As part of that process, investigators pose as underage internet users. In mid-March one of our detectives was contacted by an adult male who initiated a conversation with a detective posing as an underage user. During the course of an approximately two week period numerous conversations occurred between the detective and the male. The male began the contact via a specific internet profile which he apparently later deleted. The male re-initiated contact using a different internet profile. During the communications the male acknowledged that he understood the age of the person he was communicating with was a pre-teen. Also during the conversations, the male expressed an interest in a sexual encounter with the underage female. A time and place was agreed to for a meeting between the two for the encounter. In anticipation of that meeting detectives tentatively identified the male as 28 year old Joshua Caudle of Okmulgee. Detectives also discovered that Caudle was possibly employed by the Okmulgee County Jail (Okmulgee County Criminal Justice Authority).

On March 27, Detectives and other officers of the Okmulgee Police Department and the District 25 Violent Crime Task Force established surveillance in the area where the meeting was to take place. Caudle was observed leaving the jail and was tracked from the jail to the meeting location where officers took him into custody. At the time of the arrest, Caudle was still clothed in his jail uniform. He was armed with a handgun and was wearing body armor.

Caudle was booked in the Okmulgee County Jail on charges of electronically soliciting a minor for sex, possession of a firearm while in the commission of a felony and wearing body armor while in the commission of a felony. A comprehensive report will be submitted to the Okmulgee County District Attorney’s Office for consideration of official charges.

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