Athens, Texas Mayor Monte Montgomery, 63, charged with soliciting child for sex and posts $300,000 bond

THE MAYOR of Athens, Texas has been charged with soliciting a minor online.

Mayor Monte Montgomery, 63, was booked into the Gregg County jail on Thursday.

The mayor allegedly was caught up in a Texas Department of Public Safety prostitution ring, the Tyler Morning Telegraph reported, citing law enforcement sources.

He was formally charged with online solicitation of a minor sexual conduct, according to KETK.

Montgomery's $300,000 surety with conditions was secured, the television station reported, citing to judicial records.

The leader of the city with a population of just over 12,000 was brought into custody by Longview Police Department officers.

The Athens-born Montgomery became mayor after serving as a city council member and simultaneously running a construction business, according to KLTV.

The Sun has reached out to Athens City Manager's office and the mayor's office directly for comment.

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