WILMER, Texas (AP) _ A registered sex offender running for mayor of Wilmer has dropped out at the urging of probation officials.

KTVT television reports James Brian Sliter (SLY'-ter) on Friday gave written notice of his withdrawal from the May 10 race.

In a statement, the 42-year-old accountant said he was "convinced by the probation department to drop out of the race for mayor in the best interests of all concerned."

Sliter also told KTVT he had received death threats since announcing his mayoral bid.

Sliter was arrested in a 2004 police sting as he allegedly tried to arrange sex with a 15-year-old girl via the Internet.

Records show Sliter was charged with attempting to commit sexual assault of a child and placed on 10 years probation.

Sliter was eligible to run for office in Wilmer, a town of about 3,400 just south of Dallas, because he was not convicted. He received deferred adjudication, which means he will not be convicted if he successfully completes probation.

Information from Jay Gormley of KTVT-TV: www.cbs11tv.com

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