Posted: Jan 21, 2013 6:20 PM
Updated: Jan 21, 2013 6:46 PM
A Pulaski County man is behind bars, charged with a sex crime after he allegedly sent explicit texts to a child.
It's something parents increasingly need to worry about as more children are using cell phones. The Pulaski County Sheriff says the parents did the right thing reporting what happened to police.
Investigators arrested Gregory E. White, 26, of Pulaski County for allegedly sending a text message of his genitals and other explicit messages to a 12-year-old girl.
Deputies say the inappropriate texts were sent to the girl's phone over a two day period in December. Investigators say the girl's father discovered the texts and brought the phone to authorities, which led to White's arrest. We're told White lived on Cherry Grove Road and knew the victim.
"We encourage parents today to keep a close eye and have an open communication with their children...parents need to be involved, and this parent, thank goodness was," says Sheriff Todd Wood with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department.
The suspect's mother told investigators White had cancer and had developed a tumor that apparently damaged his brain. If found guilty, the charge of using electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual activities could carry a one to five year sentence.
White is lodged at the Pulaski County Detention Center on a $15,000 bond.