Texas deputy constable charged with online solicitation

Staff Writer
Stephenville Empire-Tribune

WACO, Texas (AP) — A Central Texas law enforcement officer has been charged with online solicitation after allegedly trying to meet a girl for sex.

McLennan County authorities say 51-year-old Deputy Constable Steve Canava (kuh-NAH'-vuh) remained on unpaid administrative leave Tuesday.

Authorities say Canava was arrested Friday after driving to a Waco parking lot, allegedly to meet a person he thought was a 17-year-old girl. The former Waco police officer was released on $25,000 bond.

An affidavit says Canava tried to solicit a minor to have sex with him, allegedly offering her $100. An investigator identified Canava using law enforcement databases.

Further details on the investigation and the alleged victim weren't immediately released.

Canava declined comment.