How Not to Text a Teen
Lewd sexts to 14-year-old
By Richard Connelly
Michael Sherard Harris, 20, has been charged with sexting a girl he knew to be 14 years old whom he had met at church, which is the go-to place for finding kids to send sexually explicit messages to.
Instead of, you know, listening to the actual sermon, which we're guessing doesn't include "And God said let there be online solicitation of minors."
The girl's father discovered the texts and contacted his ex-wife, the girl's mom. She called cops.
According to court documents, the girl "confirmed the text messages were sexually explicit in nature and stated that sometimes she didn't even know what they meant."
Let's check them out.
Examples included in the court documents:
• "I wanna get in the shower with you...put my hands everywhere the water goes"
• "Id put my hands on your lower back and kiss you"
• "I'd make out with you"
• "I wish you could see how big it is"
• "Well, when you kiss my shoulder I slide my game inside your pajama pants"
• "That's when I put my game on your inner thigh"
• "I'll kiss you between your legs"
• "Can I lick you"
• "I wish I was running my mouth all over your body right now"
It all sounds kinda PG-rated, until you remember this is a 20-year-old messaging someone who can't even drive yet. Then the creepiness factor goes through the roof.
Harris has been charged with online solicitation of a minor.
Cat Murders Plague North Side
By John Nova Lomax
At least one and possibly two different cat murderers are operating on the city's northwest side.
In a grisly reprise of several other similar killings in the Timbergrove area, one of which affected us personally, the Houston Chronicle reported that Sandy Luna's kitty Lucky was disemboweled and put on display in a neighbor's yard in late July.
The Timbergrove killings have taken place on both sides of West 11th Street and T.C. Jester, though there seems to be a cluster of them west of White Oak Bayou.
We also received a report recently of nine cats found dead several miles up T.C. Jester in the Inwood neighborhood. It is believed that they were poisoned. These cats were semi-feral felines whom some in the neighborhood regularly fed. Three were found dead in one woman's driveway, with the other six found near other homes.
Coupled with this outrageous, unrelenting heat, sickos like this are making it a terrible time to be an outdoor kitty on the northwest side.
"Please be careful if you live in this area and let others know," advises tipster Christina Fojas. "Possibility of poison makes it dangerous for every living thing in the community."
If you see any suspicious activity, you are urged to call the Houston Police Department's non-emergency number (713-884-3131).
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