The mayor of a town in Texas was arrested for online solicitation of a child.
Pilot Point Mayor Matthew McIlravy, just elected last month, was arrested Tuesday morning by the Dallas Police Department, charged with soliciting a minor online.
The official charge for McIlravy, 42, is online solicitation of a minor under the age of 14, a second-degree felony, Dallas police stated.
McIlravy was arrested by the DPD’s Internet Crimes Against Children Unit and had assistance from the U.S. Marshals Task Force, Homeland Security Investigations, Texas Department of Public Safety, the Collin County District Attorney’s Office, the DPD Drone Unit and North Central CRT.
This arrest culminated in a five-month-long investigation by the DPD’s ICAC Unit, police added, which is the lead agency of the North Texas ICAC Task Force.
Police said the investigation, which is ongoing, showed other communications with minors who haven’t been identified.
Pilot Point City Manager Britt Lusk released a statement Tuesday night stating McIlravy was arrested Tuesday morning while at City Hall and said the city had no further information or comment, referring any questions to DPD.
“The City’s government is designed to be flexible and resilient,” Lusk wrote in an email. “The City will follow applicable state law and the City’s charter to fill any vacancies. In the absence of the Mayor, the City’s charter provides that the Mayor Pro-Tem presides over meetings.”
The mayor, who is also a teacher, is a married father of two boys that works as a design engineer and also serves as a men’s prayer meeting leader, according to his government profile.
He was recently elected mayor of the city of less than 4,000 north of Dallas. His Facebook campaign page did not list a political affiliation.