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Galveston County District Attorney's Office
News Release
Monday, August 21, 2017

Man Sentenced to 6 Years for Online Solicitation of a Minor

GALVESTON – Galveston County District Attorney Jack Roady announced today that Niallson Dorsey Price, 31, was sentenced to 6 years in prison for Online Solicitation of a Minor on Thursday, August 17, 2017.

On Monday, July 14, 2017, Price’s jury trial began in the 56th District Court. During the trial, witness testimony revealed that the Galveston Police Department was conducting an undercover sting operation focused on identifying and arresting individuals engaged in exploiting children. On April 23, 2016, Price replied to a posting on Craigslist and then began an illicit conversation over a messaging application, Kik, with a person he believed was 14 years old. Price was arrested and charged after traveling to Galveston with the intent to commit sexual acts with a minor. The State entered into evidence copies of the messages sent by Price, including a photo of himself sent to the officer. Law Enforcement were also able to tie the account the messages were sent from to Price.

After a day of testimony, the jury retired to deliberate on Tuesday afternoon. The jury returned with a guilty verdict on the Wednesday morning. The punishment phase immediately followed. During punishment, the State presented evidence of Price’s prior conviction for felony possession of cocaine from earlier this year. The State also told the jury to protect the children of this community with its sentence and ensure that, at least for a while, Price would not be able to prey upon children.

The jury took a few hours to deliberate and returned yesterday shortly before noon with its punishment verdict. Price faced a sentence range of 2 years to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The jury set Price’s punishment at 6 years in prison. Price will have to serve at least one-fourth of his sentence before being eligible for parole. Price will also be required to register as a sex offender for 10 years, annually, once released from prison or parole.

Price was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Charlotte Kim and Anthony Smith in the 56th District Court, with Judge Lonnie Cox presiding. The investigation was conducted by the Galveston Police Department with assistance from the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce.

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