WILMER, Texas – A registered sex offender is running for mayor of a Dallas-area town.
James Brian Sliter wants to be mayor of Wilmer. The election is May 10.
Records show that Sliter was arrested four years ago for arranging sex with someone he thought was a 15-year-old girl on the Internet. When Sliter got to the meeting place, he was greeted by police instead of a teenager.
Sliter, who is now 42, said he needs to prove that he can be an asset to his community. He says that he's truly sorry and hopes voters realize that people make mistakes.
Sliter was charged with attempting to sexually assault a child and placed on 10 years probation, according to state records. He's eligible to run because he received deferred adjudication and not a conviction.
"People need to realize that people make mistakes, and they need to look past those mistakes and forgive and move on," Sliter told Dallas TV news station KTVT. "I'm not asking anybody to condone what I did."
The town's current mayor, Don Hudson, said the campaign won't cast a good light on Wilmer.
"Will a sex offender serving as mayor put a stigma on this city? You bet it will," Hudson told KTVT.