Former H-E-B Elementary Principal Sentenced in Child Exploitation Case

A former principal in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after he was found guilty of child exploitation charges.

Oscar Figueroa, 47, also faces a $17,600 fine, 10 years of supervised release and must register as a sex offender.

Figueroa is the former principal of Viridian Elementary School in Arlington. He was convicted in April of trying to lure a minor into a mall bathroom for sex, investigators said.

Figueroa was taken into custody at Stonebriar Centre Mall in Frisco on July 7, 2015, after officers said he was communicating with detectives on Craigslist and via text that he thought were children.

"An undercover officer posing as a 16-year-old boy contacted Figueroa and began exchanging text messages. Figueroa instructed the undercover officer to meet him at a particular place within the AMC Theatres at Stonebriar Centre. Frisco PD Officers arrived at the theater and discovered Figueroa, who directed an undercover officer to a bathroom for sexual activity," said the U.S. Department of Justice, in a news release.

The DOJ said evidence entered at the trial included Figueroa's text messages with undercover agents, his interview with law enforcement, his Craigslist ads and the contents of his phone.

Figueroa, who lived in Carrollton, had been the principal at the school since 2014. Before that, Figueroa was the principal at Hurst Hills Elementary School for two years.

No evidence has been revealed that indicates any children at the schools were solicited by Figueroa.

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