Thursday, May 10, 2007
Texans will not tolerate criminals who prey upon our children, Attorney General Abbott said. So desperate to meet and sexually assault a child that he traveled almost 500 miles across state lines, this offender shows the true danger posed by sex predators. We are grateful to Montgomery County District Attorney Michael McDougal and the Shenandoah Police Department for their tremendous assistance with this case.
In July 2006, Hannah drove 480 miles from Owasso, a suburb of Tulsa, and stayed overnight in Huntsville before continuing on to Shenandoah to sexually assault someone he thought would be a 14-year-old girl he had met online. Hannah traveled further than any suspect since the inception of the Cyber Crimes Unit.
Attorney General Abbott has earned a national reputation for aggressively arresting and prosecuting child predators. In 2003, he launched the Cyber Crimes Unit, which targets online predators by assuming the identities of young teenagers in Internet chat rooms, and the Fugitive Unit, which locates convicted child sex offenders who have violated the terms of their parole and could be stalking children. Attorney General Abbott’s initiative has netted more than 500 arrests of such offenders. His office also has obtained convictions against more than 60 men on child pornography charges.
For more information, contact the Office of the Attorney General at (800) 252-8011 or visit the Attorney General’s Web site at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.