A preliminary hearing has been set for October for a Jackson man charged with asking a boy for sex and sending a sexually explicit image to the boy online.
Herbert Donta Bates, 30, is out on a $30,000 bond after being arraigned Friday morning on charges of solicitation of a minor and sexual exploitation of a minor, according to a Friday afternoon news release from the Jackson Police Department. Bates was released around 1:15 p.m. Friday after making bond.
Police said Bates’ preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 3 at 1:30 p.m. in city court.
According to the release, the department's Special Investigations Bureau became aware Thursday of Bates soliciting a boy for sex online. Investigators also learned that Bates sent the boy a nude image of himself through the Internet.
Bates arranged to meet the boy at Muse Park, which is located at 1371 N. Parkway. Bates arrived at the park around 3 p.m. Thursday, but instead of the boy, investigators were waiting for him and took him into custody upon his arrival.
Police are asking that anyone with information about adults making online solicitation of minors contact the Jackson Police Department's Special Investigations Bureau at 731-425-8400.