Ex-school principal in North Texas convicted of child exploitation

Oscar Figueroa booking photo

SHERMAN, Texas (AP) — An ex-principal at a North Texas elementary school faces up to life in prison after being arrested at a mall for trying to solicit sex from someone he thought was a boy.

Oscar Figueroa of Carrollton was convicted Friday of coercion and enticement of a minor. The 47-year-old Figueroa remains in custody pending sentencing by a federal judge in Sherman.

A Frisco police online sting last July led to Figueroa, who was principal of Viridian Elementary School in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District. Officers noticed a Craigslist advertisement about a person seeking a young male for sex.

An undercover officer posing as a 16-year-old boy contacted Figueroa, they exchanged texts and agreed to meet at a mall.

Figueroa resigned following his arrest in Frisco, about 20 miles north of Dallas.

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