A former Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD principal will remain behind bars after being indicted Wednesday for soliciting sex from a minor.
A judge on Thursday morning opted to keep Oscar Figueroa, 46, detained rather than be released on bond and placed on house arrest.
"We are obviously very disappointed by the judge's decision today," said Katherine Reed, Figueroa's attorney. "We disagree with the decision but we do understand his concern."
A federal grand jury indicted Figueroa on a charge of coercion and enticement of a minor, which could put him in prison for life. He pleaded not guilty.
Figueroa was arrested by Frisco police on July 7 at Stonebriar Centre. He had placed a Craigslist ad soliciting oral sex and chose to meet up with a person who he thought was a 16-year-old male teen. It turned out to be an undercover officer.
A federal agent testified Thursday that Figueroa admitted to Frisco police that it wasn't the first time he'd posted an ad on Craigslist soliciting sex.
That agent also told the court that there were other images found on Figueroa’s phone, but they couldn’t tell the age of the young men in the photos.
The judge said if it's determined those photos are not inappropriate, he'd consider granting Figueroa house arrest.
The ex-elementary school principal initially bonded out of Frisco jail but was then taken into custody by federal officials just three days later.