Friday, September 7, 2007
Texans will not tolerate criminals who prey upon our children, Attorney General Abbott said. The Cyber Crimes Unit will continue to protect young Texans by aggressively cracking down on sex predators and child pornographers. We are grateful to Montgomery County District Attorney Michael McDougal for helping us bring this man to justice.
In July 2006, Ramirez traveled to Shenandoah, where he planned to meet and sexually assault a 14-year-old girl he had chatted with online. The girl turned out to be an undercover Cyber Crimes Unit investigator. Ramirez, a long-haul truck driver at the time of the investigation, used a laptop computer at a Houston truck stop to chat online with the undercover investigator.
Attorney General Abbott has earned a national reputation for arresting and prosecuting online 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 sex offenders who have violated the terms of their parole. Attorney General Abbott’s initiative has resulted in more than 600 arrests of such offenders. His office also has obtained convictions against more than 70 men on child pornography charges.
For more information, contact the Texas Attorney General's office at (800) 252-8011 or visit the Attorney General's Web site at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.