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A mom who kept tabs on her daughter’s cell phone was horrified to find obscene texts from an alleged pedophile who was trying to solicit sex from the 9-year-old, according to police.

36-year-old Jonathan Ashley Butler lived in the same Grapevine, Texas, apartment complex as the girl’s father.

Though the girl lives with her mother in another city, she often visits Grapevine to see her father, Fox 4 reports.

Authorities say that Butler turned up to meet the young girl, but instead was greeted by the police.

He has now been charged with online solicitation of a minor - a move that police have credited to the mother’s careful monitoring.

“Once she observed the inappropriate message, she continued the conversation as if to be her daughter,” described Police Sgt. Robert Eberling.

“The text messages became more and more inappropriate at that point.”

Police are now looking at both Butler’s and the little girl’s phones for possible evidence of other victims.

See more on this story, via Fox 4.

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