Michael Meissner Former Police Chief Arrest for Child Pornography
Former Caney City police chief Michael Meissner was arrested for soliciting nude photos from a 17-year-old. Meissner faces 6 felony charges, including possession or propmotion of child pornography, engaging in organized criminal activity, misuse of official information, and obstruction or retaliation.
UPDATE: According to Jamille Bradfield, public information officer for Dallas County District Attorney's office, felony charges have been dropped.
According to a spokeswoman with Tarrant County District Attorney's Office, no charges have been filed in Tarrant County
Michael Meissner, 39, allegedly posed as a woman on MySpace to solicit nude photos of teenage boys. Some boys who sent photos to Meissner appear to have criminal records, which led investigators to believe Meissner had used his position as police chief to find potential victims.
Michael Meissner had been charged back in 2006 for a different incident, but the case was dropped.
One investigator said that in 2006, while Meissner was police chief in Caney City, a 15-year-old boy spent the night with him without his parents’ knowledge or consent and looked at pornography stored in a police computer. The teen told one of Meissner’s friends what had happened and began to get threats from Meissner, the affidavit said.
This time, investigators had obtained more than 4,900 text messages and emails. The messages include numerous pornographic pictures and references to sexual acts with boys and videotaping.
A 17-year-old has agreed to be a witness.
Those text messages show that Meissner filmed at a residence off Collins Street in Arlington. The text messages also describe the use of narcotics, the promotion of prostitution and other illegal activities, the affidavit said. A 17-year-old has agreed to be a witness for the state, according to the affidavit.
If Meissner is convicted on all 6 charges, he could be sentenced to 110 years in prison and a $70,000 fine.