Thursday, May 18, 2006
"The receipt of this additional funding will enable the Cyber Crimes Unit to expand its efforts to protect children and to partner with more prosecutors and law enforcement agencies across Texas to fight online child exploitation, said Attorney General Abbott. This award acknowledges the long-standing dedication of this office towards fighting cyber crime and protecting children. I am extremely proud of the work we're doing and I am committed to arresting and prosecuting child predators wherever they are.
The Texas Attorney General’s ICAC Task Force will serve as a resource for all communities and agencies within the geographic area of responsibility, conduct both proactive and reactive investigations, serve as a forensic resource, and engage in law enforcement and community outreach activities to include training, technical assistance, and prevention and education activities.
OJJDP defines "Southern Texas" as including the following 142 counties: Anderson, Angelina, Aransas, Atascosa, Austin, Bandera, Bastrop, Bee, Bell, Bexar, Blanco, Bosque, Brazoria, Brazos, Brewster, Brooks, Brown, Burleson, Burnet, Caldwell, Calhoun, Cameron, Chambers, Cherokee, Coke, Coleman, Colorado, Comal, Comanche, Concho, Coryell, Crane, Crockett, Culberson, DeWitt, Dimmit, Duval, Ector, Edwards, El Paso, Falls, Fayette, Fort Bend, Freestone, Frio, Galveston, Gillespie, Glasscock, Goliad, Gonzales, Grimes, Guadalupe, Hamilton, Hardin, Harris,
Hays, Hidalgo, Hill, Houston, Hudspeth, Irion, Jackson, Jasper, Jeff Davis, Jefferson, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kendall, Kenedy, Kerr, Kimble, Kinney, Kleburg, LaSalle, Lampasas, Lavaca, Lee, Leon, Liberty, Limestone, Live Oak, Llano, Loving, Madison, Mason, Matagorda, Maverick, McMullen, McCulloch, McClennan, Medina, Menard, Midland, Milam, Mills, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Navarro, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Pecos, Polk, Presidio, Reagan, Real, Reeves, Refugio, Robertson, Runnels, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, San Saba, Schleicher, Shelby, Starr, Sterling, Sutton, Terrell, Tom Green, Travis, Trinity, Tyler, Upton, Uvalde, Val Verde, Victoria, Walker, Waller, Ward, Washington, Webb, Wharton, Willacy, Williamson, Wilson, Winkler, Zapata and Zavala.
Attorney General Abbott has made pursuing sexual predators a top priority in his administration. The Cyber Crimes Unit, which targets online predators, has made 77 arrests since Abbott took office in December 2002. The Fugitive Unit, which locates convicted child sex offenders who have violated the terms of their parole and could be stalking children, has arrested more than 270 such offenders. His office also has obtained convictions against 39 men on child pornography charges.
To find out more about Attorney General Abbott's efforts to crack down on sexual predators, visit the Attorney General's Web site at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov or call (800) 252-8011.