EL PASO, Texas (KTSM)- A Chapin High School teacher was arrested Thursday night and is facing a federal charge of attempted transfer of obscene material to minors, according to the FBI.
Orlando A. Solis, listed on the El Paso Independent School District website as a math teacher, was arrested by the FBI after an investigation by El Paso’s Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force. Solis is also a Chapin robotics club adviser.
If convicted, Solis, 46, could face up to 10 years in prison.
“FBI El Paso’s Child Exploitation & Human Trafficking Task Force will immediately act upon allegations of child exploitation in order to protect our community’s children,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey R. Downey. “We want to remind the public that if you are a victim of this type of crime or know of someone who may be a victim to call the FBI at (915) 832-5000.”
According to court documents obtained by KTSM, Solis was in contact via social media and then via text messaging with a person he believed to be a 13-year-old girl. Instead, he was actually communicating with an undercover agent from Army Criminal Investigations Division.
The communication, which was often sexually explicit on Solis’ part, took place in the days leading up to his arrest, according to the documents KTSM obtained.
The FBI El Paso’s Child Exploitation & Human Trafficking Task Force, along with US Army Criminal Investigation Division and the El Paso Independent School District Police Department, are investigating this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Valenzuela is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government, according to information released by the FBI.
El Paso ISD officials released this statement to KTSM:
On Thursday, Feb. 2, the FBI Office of El Paso contacted the El Paso Independent School District regarding an investigation against a Chapin High School employee. Before Thursday, the district was unaware of any pending charges or allegations against the employee. El Paso ISD will continue to cooperate with the FBI as requested. We continue to make the safety and security of our students and staff a high priority.
This is a developing story. We will update you as we learn more.