POLICE: On-line predator lured teenage boy to his dorm room

Moses Stratton // Cameron County Jail Photo

A TSTC student is behind bars after he allegedly used Facebook to lure a teenage boy to his dorm room for a sexual encounter.

Texas State Technical College police booked 18-year-old Moses Phillip Stratton into the Cameron County Jail on Monday.

Court records show that the Allied Health major is accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy.

According to the records, Stratton met the boy on Facebook about two weeks where they allegedly started messaging each other.


The boy went to Stratton's dorm room back on the night of Monday, June 10th where they allegedly had a sexual encounter.

Under TSTC regulations, dorm residents are not allowed to receive visitors after midnight.

A TSTC police officer stopped the teenage boy when he was leaving Stratton's dorm room around 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 11th.

The officer learned what had happened prompting a criminal investigation.

The boy's parent's told police that their son did not have permission to be on the TSTC campus that night.

Police charged Stratton with on-line solicitation of a minor and sexual assault of a minor.

Records show that Stratton is from the Willacy County community of San Perlita and did not appear to have a previous criminal record.

Stratton remains in custody at the Cameron County Jail under $50,000 dollars in bonds.

TSTC Reaction

TSTC spokeswoman Lynda Lopez told Action 4 News that Stratton would be facing a disciplinary hearing and action.

It is the third incident that ended with an arrests at the TSTC dorms since January.

Lopez said that the school's police department routinely patrolling the dorms and it's that presence that has lead to all three arrests.

"We have a very vigilant police presence both on campus and a tthe dorms," Lopez said.