(RepublicanInformer.com)- This week, the mayor of a Texas suburb was taken into custody after allegations surfaced that he attempted to engage in sexual activity with a minor.
According to the Dallas Morning News, Pilot Point Mayor Matthew McIlravy, 42, was charged with internet solicitation of a child. The alleged victim was a child younger than the age of 14. The acts of McIllravy, which purportedly encompass more than one event, were brought to light through a local police sting operation.
According to the site, McIlravy was taken into custody on Tuesday following a five-month-long undercover investigation carried out by Dallas police. McIlravy is a married father of two sons and an active church member.
According to an affidavit for an arrest warrant that KTVT received, the Mayor was only elected in May. He is now suspected of wanting to meet up and engage in sexual activities with a girl he thought was 13 years old. KTVT was able to get this affidavit. On Thursday, he tendered his resignation in advance of the upcoming meeting of the City Council.
According to WFAA, McIlravy said in his resignation letter, “To the Pilot Point City Council and City Manager, I am resigning as mayor of Pilot Point effective immediately.” McIlravy has resigned.
According to the town’s website, McIlravy started his three-year tenure as mayor of the Denton County municipality in May. The community has around 4,000 citizens. Since then, his biography has been removed from the City’s website.
After McIlravy’s departure, Pilot Point’s Mayor Pro Tem will fill the acting mayor role throughout the transition period.
According to a statement by the City Manager of Pilot Point, Britt Lusk, in an email, “The City’s governance is built to be flexible and robust.” When filling any vacancies, the City will do so in accordance with both the applicable state legislation and the City’s charter. According to the City’s charter provisions, the Mayor Pro-Tem is responsible for presiding over meetings in the event that the Mayor is not present.
McIlravy, who had previously served as a Pilot Point City Council member, was arrested on Tuesday afternoon and put into the Dallas County jail on the allegation of committing a crime of the second degree.