When police announced last week that they were looking for a man trying to lure boys in Stop Six into his car for sex, people in the area were alarmed, City Councilwoman Gyna Bivins said Thursday night.
Her District 5 constituents were still seeking information after an arrest was made Jan. 30, Bivins said.
“We’re looking at how a community can respond to a situation like this,” Bivins said.
She arranged for a meeting Thursday night with interim police chief Rhonda Robertson and Detective Chris Daniels, an investigator on the case.
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“We still have a concern that there may be other victims in your community,” Daniels said. “We want you to talk to your children, and we want your children to talk to their friends to see if anything has happened to them like this.”
Three boys who live in the southeast Fort Worth neighborhood picked the same man out of a photo lineup, saying he was the driver of a silver BMW who drove up next to them and offered $100 for sex, police have said.
The solicitations took place near Dunbar High School and less than two miles from the site of Thursday’s public meeting.
Declois Garrett Beacham, 33, was arrested Jan. 30 and faces two charges of compelling prostitution with a child under 18. He is free on $25,000 bail, jail records show. His professional name is Tre Garrett, and he is on leave from Jubilee Theatre, where he is artistic director. His attorney has said he denies the accusation.
Sexual predators often target multiple victims before they are caught, police said.
“That’s the primary purpose of us being here tonight,” Daniels said. “The primary thing we hear in child sex abuse cases is that children are afraid to tell and we need parents to talk to their children about being able to talk to police about the bad things that happen to them.”
Jonathan “A.J.” Morrison, a resident attending the meeting, said afterward that he was pleased that police came out to speak to people in the community about what had happened.
“The people who use our tax money will always need the public’s help,” Morrison said. “We cannot think just because we’ve paid our taxes that our job is done.”
Mitch Mitchell, 817-390-7752