Man in viral video charged with enticing a child for indecent purposes

James Crews

This still frame was taken from a video posted online in which a Lamar County man identified as James Crews states his intention to meet a 14-year-old boy to “play” and possibly have sex.

SHEILA A. MATHEWS :::

James Crews, the Lamar County man at the center of a viral video in which he allegedly acknowledged his intent to have sex with a 14-year-old boy, has been arrested.

Crews, who has since Monday been in the custody of the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office, has been charged in connection with actions depicted in that viral video.

“Yes, we have charged him with enticing a child. He is being held on a $10,000 bond set by Magistrate Court,” said Lamar County Sheriff Brad White. “These are the charges pertaining strictly to the video you saw.”

Investigators are in the process of gathering and reviewing evidence obtained in search warrants obtained for Crews electronics.

“I know they got his cell phone and computer and that’s what’s in the process of being searched now,” White said.

A second man heard, but not seen, in the aforementioned video met Wednesday afternoon with LCSO investigators.

“They were interviewing him today when I left. At 3 o’clock today, they were interviewing him,” White reported.

Crews, who requested an attorney Monday, has not been interviewed.

He remains in the Lamar County Jail.

White also addressed questions some have raised regarding how Crews came to be in custody.

“I believe there was a bit of confusion,” he said. “He (Crews) did drive to the Sheriff’s Office. They (investigators) did go to his residence and make contact with him, and he followed them and drove to the Sheriff’s Office.”

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