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Local man arrested for solicitation

February 7, 2012

A Big Spring man was arrested by local and federal law enforcement officers during the early morning hours Tuesday on a charge of online solicitation of a minor, with possibly more charges to come, according to investigators.

Kyle Wade Guthrie, 27, of 408 Hillside Dr., was arrested at his residence at approximately 12:55 a.m. by deputies with the Howard County Sheriff's Office.

According to Sheriff Stan Parker, law enforcement officials received information regarding the offense Friday.

“The Howard County Sheriff’s Office received information pertaining to a possible online solicitation of a minor,” Parker said. “Upon further investigation it was found that Guthrie had made contact with a minor in an sexually explicit manor by using electronic communication.”

Parker said a search warrant was obtained for Guthrie's home, where several electronic devices were seized during the course of the investigation.

“A search warrant was obtained and executed on Guthrie’s residence by the Howard County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Homeland Security,” Parker said. “Several electronic devices — cell phones and computers — were seized and will be sent for forensic analysis. At this time the case involves solicitation of a 16 year old female victim. There are possibly more victims and at this time the investigation is continuing.”

Parker declined to comment on the possible number or location of additional victims, citing the ongoing investigation.

“We expect to have the forensic analysis of the electronic devices within about a week to 10 days,” Parker said. “However, it could take longer than that. The whole reason we brought in Homeland Security was because of their expertise with forensic analysis on electronic devices. They will take these devices to their office in San Angelo and we should have the information back from them soon.”

At the time of his arrest, Guthrie was employed by local radio station KBST as their director of news and weather. However, according to the station's general manger Malinda Flenniken, he has since had his employment terminated.

“Kyle is no longer employed with KBST and is no longer eligible for re-hire,” Flenniken said this morning.

According to officials with the Howard County Detention Center, Guthrie's bond has been set at $20,000. As of press time, he remained in custody.

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