Bryant arrested for online solicitation

Bryant arrested for online solicitation
02 Apr 2019

Leah Chase, SCSO Media Relations

 

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) reports the arrest of Thomas Clyde Bryant, Jr, 21, of Tenaha.

On or about March 24, 2019, Bryant, utilizing a social media account, made contact with an underage female.

Bryant began making inappropriate communication, to which he believed was the underage female. The conversation was intercepted by the mother of the underage female and she contacted the SCSO.

An investigator with the SCSO took over the conversation and began communicating with Bryant. From March 24-28, 2019, Bryant sent pornographic images and explicit conversations to the social media account. Bryant asked the underage female to engage in various sexual activities with him.

Further research led the investigator to uncover the identity of the individual whom he believed to be Bryant. The investigator traveled to the home of Bryant at approximately 1 a.m. on March 29, 2019, to speak with him regarding the communications. Bryant agreed to let the investigator search his phone and at that time it was discovered the social media app used for the conversation was not installed on the device. The investigator stated to Bryant that he believed Bryant deleted the app, and Bryant admitted he did.

Bryant agreed to an interview at the SCSO with the investigator and during the course of the interview, Bryant was arrested and booked into the SCSO for Tampering/Fabricating Physical Evidence (F-3) $10,000 bond. District Judge James A. Payne, Jr. issued warrants and set bonds for Bryant on the following charges: Sexual Performance of a Child (F-1) $500,000 bond; Online Solicitation of a Minor (F-2) $300,000 bond; Sexual Performance of a Child – Criminal Attempt (F-2) $300,000 bond; Online Solicitation (F-2) $300,000 bond; Online Solicitation (F-2) $300,000 bond; Stalking ( F-3) $200,000 bond;; Display Harmful Material ((M-A) $5,000 bond; Harassment (M-B) $5,000 bond. 

Bryant was previously arrested June 15, 2017, for Sexual Performance of a Child (F-2). He was currently out on bond, awaiting the final disposition of his case. District Judge James A. Payne, Jr. issued an Order Revoking Bond for this charge. Bryant is not allowed to bond out on this charge.