Man sentenced to 15 years for soliciting minors in Jefferson County
A 32-year-old man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for soliciting who he believed to be teenage girls in Fannett.
Kirt Vavasseur is headed to prison four different charges of online solicitation of a minor after authorities posed as teenagers looking for sex on the internet over Halloween.
The Jefferson County District Attorney's Office released the following statement about Vavasseur's conviction and punishment:
Judge Raquel West has sentenced Kirt Vavasseur, 32, to 15 years in prison for committing the felony offense of Second Degree Online Solicitation of a Minor. Vavasseur was also sentenced concurrently to 10 years in the Institutional Division in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on three other charges of Online Solicitation related to the same investigation.
Shortly before Halloween 2017, law enforcement assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force was conducting Operation “Trick or Treat” to target individuals attempting to prey on children over the internet. A member of the task force posed online as a 14 year old girl named “Jane” and Vavasseur contacted her. Vavasseur told “Jane” he was 16 years old and not long into their conversation, Vavasseur sent “Jane” four pictures of himself and his genitals. Over the next month, they exchanged sexually explicit messages and he asked her to meet him in person. On November 27, Vavasseur made plans with “Jane” to meet at a store in Fannett where law enforcement identified him. He was later arrested on four charges of Online Solicitation of a Minor.
Three of the cases were third-degree felonies, with a range of punishment of 2 to 10 years in TDC. The fourth case was a second-degree felony with a punishment range of 2 to 20 years TDC because of Vavasseur’s attempt to meet with “Jane.” Vavasseur must register as a sex offender for 10 years.