Friday, October 13, 2006
A child predator will go to almost any length to meet and carry out a sexual assault on young victims, even traveling across state lines to meet them," said Attorney General Abbott. "Cyber criminals are logged into the same Internet chatrooms and social networking sites as children and teenagers and are growing more and more cunning in their approaches. I am grateful for the partnership and cooperation of Shenandoah Police Chief John Chancellor and District Attorney Michael McDougal in this case.
Hannah allegedly drove 480 miles from Owasso, a suburb of Tulsa, and stayed overnight in Huntsville before continuing on to the Houston area, allegedly to have sex with what he thought would be a 14-year-old girl. Cyber Crimes Unit investigators arrested him on July 19 at an apartment complex in Shenandoah. Hannah traveled further than any suspect since the inception of the Cyber Crimes Unit.
The charges against Hannah are third-degree felonies. He faces two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine on each charge if convicted.
Attorney General Abbott has made pursuing sexual predators a top priority of his administration. The Cyber Crimes Unit, which targets online predators, and the Fugitive Unit, which locates convicted child sex offenders who have violated the terms of their parole and could be stalking children, have combined for over 500 arrests of such offenders since Abbott took office in December 2002. His office also has obtained convictions against 51 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.