- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

SHERMAN, Texas (AP) - An ex-principal at a North Texas elementary school has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after being arrested at a mall for trying to solicit sex from someone he thought was a 16-year-old boy.

Federal prosecutors say 47-year-old Oscar Figueroa of Carrollton was sentenced Monday in Sherman for child exploitation. He was convicted by a federal jury in April for attempting to coerce and enticement of minors.

A Frisco police online sting last July led to Figueroa, who was principal of Viridian Elementary School in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District. Officers noticed a Craigslist advertisement about a person seeking a young male for sex.

An undercover officer posing as a 16-year-old boy contacted Figueroa, they exchanged texts and agreed to meet at a mall.

Figueroa resigned following his arrest.

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