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Man faces solicitation, child porn charges

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, March 22, 2014

A 28-year-old Rhome man has been charged with online solicitation of a minor and three counts of possession with intent to promote child pornography, all felonies.

Merle Wayne Scherb

Merle Wayne Scherb was arrested early Thursday morning at his home in the 100 block of Kensington Court. Texas Rangers and the Texas Department of Public Safety, along with the Rhome Police Department and Wise County Sheriff’s Office, executed a search and arrest warrant in the 6 a.m. raid.

Rhome Police Chief James Rose said the arrest was the result of an investigation by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Computers were also seized from the home.

Scherb was arraigned on the solicitation charge by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Terri Johnson in Decatur and was transported to the court of jurisdiction. That location, along with the arrest warrant affidavit, were not released due to the fact that the investigation is ongoing.

Scherb’s bond was set at $300,000.

On Friday, he was charged with the three counts of possession with intent to promote child pornography. As of press time Friday, bond had not yet been set for those charges.

Rose said Scherb had lived in Rhome less than 12 months.

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