Cape Girardeau Man Jailed for Sending Sexual Messages to Minor

A Cape Girardeau man was arrested last week for allegedly sending sexually-charged text messages to a minor. George A. Henry, 33, was arrested by Cape Girardeau Police Department officers on December 29, 2020 and is charged with enticement or attempted enticement of a child under the age of 15. A probable cause statement revealed that Henry’s sister alerted police that Henry was sending sexual texts to a minor and showed him the messages. She allowed him to search the home for Henry, who was hiding in a closet on the second floor. After being detained, Henry gave  the officer permission to search his phone. The officer noticed he sexually-charged messages he had seen earlier had been deleted, and there was a noticeable gap in the text thread from approximately 5 a.m. to 11:08 a.m. When confronted with the information, Henry claimed he didn’t send any inappropriate messages overnight, the statement said. He told police he went to sleep at around 11 p.m. on December 28, 2020 d had plugged his phone into its charger at the time. Henry said that when he woke up  the next day he discovered his phone was not plugged into the charger and the battery was low. Henry told police he believed someone had entered his room overnight and sent inappropriate texts to the minor, then deleted them so he wouldn’t see them. The officer then spoke with Henry’s sister again who informed him Henry had been sending sexual texts to the minor since Dec. 1, and showed him a screenshot from just before 6 a.m. on that date. Enticement or attempted enticement of a child is an unclassified felony, punishable by five to 30 years in prison without the possibility for parole, probation, conditional release or suspended imposition of sentence for at least five years. Henry was booked into the Cape Girardeau County Jail on Dec. 30 and remains in custody on a $25,000 bond.

Photo Gallery