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Solicitation of teen lands local man behind bars

By Scott Harvey

Sulphur Springs – Bond has been set at a total of $200,000 for a Sulphur Springs man accused of solicitation of a minor and aggravated assault of a peace officer.

36-year-old Brian Martin was taken into custody late Sunday following a brief chase in which officers had to shoot out the tires of his vehicle.

Martin is alleged to have sent harassing text messages that evening to a 16-year-old girl trying to get her to meet him at a local church.

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

Once Martin realized he was caught in a sting, he tried to flee, attempting to run over deputies in the process.

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

Martin was already out on bond on indictments for sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault and manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance.

A hearing is scheduled Thursday on a motion to revoke his bond on previous charges.