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Former Donna ISD teacher, 47, accused of online solicitation of a minor

Fidel Castillo Jr., 47, of Donna was charged with online solicit of a minor sexual conduct, a second-degree felony, on Saturday. (Photo courtesy of the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office)

A Donna Independent School District teacher has resigned after being accused of soliciting sex from an undercover agent posing as a minor.

Fidel Castillo Jr., 47, of Donna was charged with online solicit of a minor sexual conduct, a second-degree felony, on Saturday. Castillo, a teacher at Donna Independent School District, submitted his resignation on Monday, said Sandra Quintanilla, a spokeswoman for the district.

According to the criminal complaint against him, Castillo agreed through the social messaging app, Kik, to meet with an undercover agent posing as a 16-year-old male on Friday. When the teen didn’t show at the designated meeting place, Castillo drove away, according to the criminal complaint.

A DPS trooper conducted a traffic stop on Castillo, who admitted that he was planning to meet with a male he met through Grindr and Kik, according to the criminal complaint.

During an interview at the McAllen DPS office, Castillo “admitted that what [he] did was wrong and that the male was probably a minor,” according to the criminal complaint.

Castillo further admitted that he and the minor had previously engaged in sexual acts and that Castillo’s intent “was to possibly further the encounter on this evening (2/16/2018),” according to the criminal complaint.

Castillo was released from the Hidalgo County jail on Saturday, according to jail records.

Court records don’t list an attorney for Castillo, who couldn’t be reached for comment.

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