Investigators arrested a special agent with the Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday, when he attempted to meet a 13-year-old girl for sex at Sunrise Mall in Brownsville, according to the federal criminal complaint against him.
Agents with Homeland Security Investigations — a division of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement — and the Rio Grande Valley Child Exploitation Investigations Task Force arrested Jeremy David McCauley on Wednesday during a sting operation at Sunrise Mall. McCauley is a special agent assigned to the FAA Office of Security and Hazardous Materials in Fort Worth.
“We are aware of the allegations and are taking the appropriate actions,” said FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford, who declined to comment further.
McCauley spent a week sending messages to undercover agents posing as a mother and her 13-year-old daughter, according to the criminal complaint.
“During the communications, McCauley arranged to meet the 13 year old minor female to have sex,” according to the criminal complaint. After the arrest, McCauley confessed.
McCauley is charged with soliciting a minor for sex.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Ignacio Torteya III ordered McCauley held without bond until a detention hearing on Jan. 31.
Court records don’t list an attorney for McCauley, who couldn’t be reached for comment.