Police arrested a 54-year-old Clovis man Sunday after intercepting communication he is accused of having with a 13-year-old girl.
Henry Thompson was arrested around 8 p.m. at Hillcrest Park when he showed up for a meeting he thought he’d arranged with a 13-year-old girl he’d met through community activities, according to a news release from the Clovis Police Department.
Thompson is being held on a $50,000 bond on multiple counts of solicitation of a child by electronic device. He is accused of chatting online with and sending text messages to Clovis police detectives and Curry County Sheriff’s Office investigators who were posing as the 13-year-old, the release said.
The investigation was launched Thursday, the release said, when the Clovis girl’s mother complained to police about communication from Thompson to her daughter.
According to the release, police took custody of the girl’s cell phone and continued communicating with Thompson, arranging a meeting with him at the park. The messages sent by Thompson contained “sexually explicit solicitations,” the release said.
Police declined to identify the “community activities” at which they said Thompson met the girl.
“The case could expand to other possible child victims,” Capt. Patrick Whitney wrote Monday in an e-mail.
Revealing activities in which Thompson was allegedly involved “could jeopardize the ongoing investigation and possible future investigations that may stem from this case,” Whitney wrote.
Thompson has moved frequently. He was working as a pipe-fitter/welding contractor at Cannon Air Force Base and had plans to move to California next month, Whitney said.
Investigators are in the process of notifying law enforcement in other areas Thompson has lived, he said, to determine if he has prior offenses or was suspected in similar cases.
Investigators have seized evidence from Thompson’s Norris Street residence and vehicle in addition to phone records, the release said.