Monday, August 29, 2005
In November 2003, Carter arranged a meeting for sex with what he thought was a 14-year-old girl, but was actually an investigator with the Cyber Crimes Unit. Carter, who was working in Houston as an oceanographer, never showed up for the meeting but was later arrested on similar charges in California. Cyber Crimes investigators then worked with the Harris County District Attorney to get Carter indicted on June 3, 2004, for criminal solicitation of a child.
While out on bond, Carter fled the country. Cyber Crimes investigators and U.S. officials located him working as a computer instructor at a school near the U.S. embassy in Jakarta. He is being extradited by the U.S. Marshals Service to face charges in California and Harris County. The Harris County charge for criminal solicitation of a minor is a third-degree felony, with a punishment range of two to 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000.
Attorney General Abbott’s Cyber Crimes and Fugitives Units have arrested more than 300 sexual predators since he took office in December 2002. The Cyber Crimes Unit, which targets online predators, has made 63 arrests to date. The Fugitive Unit, which locates convicted child sex offenders who have violated parole and could be stalking children, has arrested 217. In addition, the Fugitive Unit has arrested 30 unregistered sex offenders as part of Operation Missing Predator, a statewide initiative launched in April to locate and arrest convicted sex offenders who are not registered with local law enforcement.