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Undercover Officers Bust Four Men in Child Predator Sting

 by Kim Powell

NewsWest 9 

MIDLAND - An undercover operation in Midland nabbed four men over the weekend. Each suspect used social media to persuade a 14-year-old girl to have sex with them, but what they didn't know is that they were actually talking to undercover law enforcement. 

According to documents, 24-year-old Keith Felux even questioned the person he was talking to, texting the girl, "Im still waiting for the pic I think you're a cop." 

But Felux still showed up at a meeting spot and was promptly arrested, admitting that he would have had sex with the girl. 

And that's the same way authorities busted the others. 

According to court papers, 31-year-old Keith Martin-Zieber even admitted to knowing what he did was wrong, but brought a box of condoms with him anyways. 

21-year-old Keven Acosta-Martinez even sent text messages reassuring the girl that her age was okay, but also told her to lie and say she was almost 18. 

After authorities took him in, they discovered he already had a criminal history. Acosta was arrested back in April for masturbating in public outside of his house, which happens to be right next to an elementary school. Although, he never had to register as a sex offender. 

Documents show that in text messages between 35-year-old Andy Hernandez, the undercover officer wrote, "u promise it's okay im almost 15? U wont be mad?" Hernandez replied, "No, I won't be mad. I promise it's ok." 

And now all four will be prosecuted in federal court. The sting lasted just two days with several agencies involved. 

Assistant US Attorney Austin Berry issued a statement saying, "Once again, DPS, HSI, FBI and Midland County Sheriff's Office collaborated to identify individuals in our community who are all too eager to have sex with 14-year-old girls. These agencies deserve tremendous credit for executing a sophisticated undercover operation resulting in such great success."

If convicted, all four men will be facing at least 10 years in prison, and will have to register as sex offenders. 

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