Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Today’s case is a prime example of how quickly child exploitation can spread from one state to another, Attorney General Abbott said. Parents and children must remain vigilant and remember that child predators often establish fake online profiles in order to build rapport with kids. Thanks to an observant mother, this child pornographer who created a false 14-year-old online profile is behind bars where he belongs. We are grateful to Limestone County District Attorney William DeFriend for his dedication to Texas children.
Cyber Crimes Unit investigators discovered more than 50 images and videos of child pornography during a forensic exam of Butler’s home computer. Assistant Attorney General Sarah Wannarka prosecuted the case.
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 initiatives have 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 Office of the Attorney General at (800) 252-8011 or visit the Attorney General’s Web site at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.