McAllen man accused of trying to meet teen in park for sex

Dassahed Marines, who was born in 1990, is accused of trying to coerce someone younger than 18-years-old to engage in sexual activity and of forcibly assaulting, resisting, opposing, impeding, intimidating or interfering with a federal official in the course of their official duties.

According to a criminal complaint, Marines allegedly began messaging an undercover agent with the Rio Grande Valley Child Exploitation Task Force through the applications Whisper and KIK using the usernames “brotendo” and “downtochillbro.”

Court documents indicate Marines allegedly believed the undercover agent was a 13-year-old girl and he’s accused of trying to talk her into sex acts.

The following day, Dec. 7, Marines is accused of using KIK to entice the teen, whom he believed to be from McAllen, to engage in sex acts.

According to the criminal complaint, Marines arrived at a public park where he believed the girl was and encouraged her to get into his car. When special agents moved into arrest him, he allegedly struck one of their vehicles head-on and aggressively resisted arrest, according to the criminal complaint.

Brownsville Police Department records indicate Marines was being held on an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement hold on Dec. 7.

Family members, friends and coworkers of Marines have already filed letters of support in the court record where they express skepticism of the charges and describe the man as a good person who works with schools, including one letter from his fiance.

Those records indicate he is a 2008 McAllen High School graduate and a 2016 South Texas College graduate.

He is scheduled for detention and probable cause hearings at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Morgan.