A 21-year-old Zephyr man who was free on bond on a sex offense charge was arrested Wednesday on a new charge of online solicitation of a child, Brown County Jail records state.
Nicholas Sterling’s bond was set at $50,000, and Sterling remained jailed Thursday.
Court and jail records show Sterling was placed on 10 years deferred adjudication in 2018 for sexual assault of a child. On July 31, Sterling was arrested for not complying with sex offender registration requirements.
Sterling bonded out of jail Aug. 10 and was arrested once again Aug. 14, jail records state.
A complaint filed by Texas Department of Safety Special Agent Jason Graham gave details of the Aug. 14 arrest for online solicitation of a child.
During an investigation of Sterling — who is required to register as a sex offender for life — Graham learned Sterling had not registered the correct address and/or social media online identifiers, Graham’s complaint alleged.
Graham also learned Sterling had been in contact with a 14-year-old female using an alias social media account, and solicitation included, but was not limited to, the two exchanging photos or videos, Graham’s complaint alleged.