*Note: The general often deviates from prepared remarks.
As you all know, over the course of last week, members of my office’s Criminal Investigation Division, working with authorities from here in Copperas Cove, were involved in a sting operation seeking to identify and arrest sexual predators attempting to arrange meetings with children they meet online. This is part of an ongoing effort by my office and law enforcement officials across the state to get these dangerous individuals off the Internet and into jail.
When I was growing up, our homes were places of safe refuge where we felt the most profound dangers of the world couldn’t reach us. Unfortunately, today the dangers of the world can infiltrate any home via computers, tablets, or even a phone.
Just last week, I spoke to a group of students in North Texas about the importance of being safe on the Internet and many of them understand that they cannot afford to take their communications on the Internet lightly. But there are always people out there seeking to exploit a child’s innocence, misleading them, and sometimes even blackmailing them to get what these predators want.
That’s why I grateful for the individuals working in our Child Exploitation Unit and the dedicated law enforcement officials they work with. They utilize the latest technology to track down some of the most profoundly evil predators on the Internet. In so doing, they live, virtually, the nightmare of online child exploitation so that real children, and their families, won’t have to.
Today, we can say the nine individuals who have been arrested no longer pose a threat to the children of Texas and for that, I’d like to thank everyone who worked so hard to bring these people to justice.