Update: 7 men charged with sex crimes after weekend sting operation in Midland

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - UPDATE: One of the men arrested is a registered sex offender.

Randall Sparkman, 40, was arrested in 1997 in San Angelo for aggravated sexual assault of a child.

His previous victim just 11 years old.

Records show that Sparkman lives in Midland, and has to report annually to the sex offender registry.

Police affidavits show that all 7 of the suspects engaged in explicit sexual conversation with an undercover agent they believed to be a 13-year-old girl.

Their bond's have been set between $50 and $60 thousand dollars.

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Police arrested 7 men over the weekend during a sex crimes sting operation in Midland.

The suspects are Randall Sparkman, 40, David Williams, 43, Sebastian Zapata, 22, Seth Patin, 30, Wesley Nickell, 57, Galvan Eduardo, 25,  and Alex Olivas, 38.

Each of the men are charged with online solicitation of a minor under 14 years old.

Midland County District Attorney Laura Nodolf told us the weekend sting operation is one that law enforcement runs periodically to catch sexual predators. Though, she couldn't comment on any specific details of the operation.

The solicitation of a minor under 14 years old is a second degree felony and carries a minimum two year prison sentence, with a maximum sentence of up to 20 years.

Nodolf also said that Texas DPS was the lead agency in the sting operation, though several local agencies contributed.

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