Athens Mayor James "Monte" Montgomery has been arrested by Longview police on charges of online solicitation of a minor, sexual conduct, according to jail records.

Police familiar with the investigation told the Tyler Morning Telegraph that Montgomery got caught up in a Texas Department of Public Safety prostitution sting.

Montgomery, 63, of Athens, was arrested by Longview police and released Thursday from the Gregg County Jail on $300,000 bond.

According to the city of Athens website, Montgomery is serving a term that ends in 2023.

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