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Texas Man Accused of ‘Diabolically Cunning’ Murder of Convicted Child Predator After Posing as Minor, Arranging Meeting

Texas Man Accused of Posing as Minor, Fatally Shooting Child Predator
Source: Houston Police Department; Unsplash

James Spencer reportedly posed as a minor online and planned a sexual meetup with a child predator so he could kill him, cops said.

Feb. 6 2024, Published 10:02 a.m. ET

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A Texas man has been arrested after he allegedly posed as a minor and planned a sexual meeting with a child predator before fatally shooting him, according to authorities.

Around 4 a.m. on May 29, 2023, officers responded to a report in Houston of an unresponsive man with multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Houston Police Department.

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Paramedics also responded to the scene and pronounced the victim, later identified as 37-year-old Sean Showers, dead, officials said.

According to KPRC-TV, James Spencer, 22, was accused of pretending to be a minor in order to meet up with Showers under the guise of a sexual arrangement.

Police claim that Spencer then fatally shot Showers from inside a vehicle while the victim was walking along a roadway.

Spencer allegedly believed law enforcement officials weren’t doing enough to keep child predators behind bars, KPRC reported.

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Spencer recent arrest on a murder charge comes nearly nine months after the fatal shooting occurred.

He was booked into the Harris County jail and was being held on a $250,000 bond.

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In 2009, Showers pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography, according to the Houston Division of the FBI. He reportedly served time in federal prison, and then failed to register as a sex offender.

In a statement, KPRC reported, Victim Services Director of Houston Crime Stoppers Andy Kahan said the incident was “diabolically cunning” and “stuff you see in movies."


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