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Jailed man charged with stalking local real estate agents

Jailed man charged with stalking local real estate agents

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Police filed a new felony stalking charge Wednesday against a jailed Lubbock man previously accused of cyber-stalking real estate agents and seeking sex from children, authorities said.

Andy Castillo, 57, was charged with third-degree felony stalking after additional investigation by the McLennan County Sheriff's Office. Castillo was arrested last week at his Lubbock apartment on a second-degree felony charge of criminal solicitation with intent to commit aggravated sexual assault of a child.

The affidavit for the new charge alleges Castillo made threats to rape at least one real estate agent and made other violent threats.

Detectives began investigating Castillo in November after a series of phone calls and text message soliciting sex were sent to local real estate agents. Arrest affidavits state Castillo made sexual comments to women and sought sex acts with their children.

Sheriff Parnell McNamara and Detective Joseph Scaramucci previously told the Tribune-Herald that Castillo sent electronic messages and called real estate agents in at least 20 cities in 10 states.

"At this time it is known to me that Castillo has been contacting realtors throughout the United States, and acting in a harassing manner toward them," Scaramucci wrote in the affidavit. "This has gone on for a period estimated through statements of victims to be approximately the last year."

McNamara said based on the number of allegations, investigators may seek other charges to be filed in the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas.

Castillo remained in McLennan County Jail on Thursday with bond listed at $1,015,000.

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