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Authorities nab man allegedly waiting to meet teen girl

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HOPKINS COUNTY, TX (KLTV) – A Hopkins County man is jailed after an overnight sting operation.

Authorities say 36-year-old Brian Chad Martin of Sulphur Springs tried to meet up with an underage girl at a Hopkins County church after midnight.

The girl's parents reportedly called police after the 16-year-old allegedly received inappropriate text messages from Martin.

Hopkins County Deputies went out to the arranged meeting site to get Martin, but he did not go into custody until shots had been fired.

Authorities say Martin's plan was foiled when the girl's parents read the inappropriate text messages.

"What he was planning on doing, we let him carry it out to a certain extent," said Toney Hurley, Hopkins County Chief Investigator.

Without knowing authorities were now part of his plan, Hurley says Martin continued to wait in the Beckham Missionary Baptist Church parking lot.

When Martin realized it was deputies and not the girl waiting for him at the church, authorities say Martin jumped in his car and tried to run over them. The short pursuit ended in the church lawn, with two holes in Martin's tires.

"They had to shoot the tires to disable the car," explained Hurley.

Dorothy, who lives across the street from the church, says the gunshots first scared her. But, she says what could have happened had authorities not been there is even more frightening.

"If that's what happened, they they've got him and he won't be out on the street to go after more little girls," says Dorothy.

Pastor Wayne Scott says he was sad to learn of what almost happened at his church, "We're just disappointed that this happened at our church, or any church. It's just not a place for things like this to happen. It's just an inappropriate setting for a 36-year-old man to be meeting a 16-year-old girl. We don't approve of that."

And neither do authorities.

Martin remains locked up in the Hopkins County Jail, charged with online solicitation of a minor and aggravated assault of a peace officer.

Martin's bond has been set at $200,000.

Martin was already out on bond on indictments for sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault and manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance.  A hearing will be held Thursday morning on a motion to revoke his bond on those charges.

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