Wednesday, May 21, 2008
This defendant is charged with possessing child pornography, Attorney General Abbott said. The Cyber Crimes Unit will continue identifying and arresting online criminals. We are grateful to the Lockhart Police Department and Caldwell County District Attorney Richard Hicks for their commitment to Texas children.
The Lockhart Police Department began investigating Wells in September 2007 based on reports that he exposed himself to a young child. Detectives referred the case to the Cyber Crimes Unit. The attorney general’s investigators conducted a forensic analysis of Wells’ computer, which uncovered several images of child pornography.
Under Texas law, possession of child pornography is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
Attorney General Abbott has earned a national reputation for aggressively arresting and prosecuting child predators. Since 2003, the Cyber Crimes Unit and Fugitive Unit have arrested more than 700 sex predators. Prosecutors also have obtained convictions against more than 80 men on child pornography charges.
For more information about Attorney General Abbott’s efforts to protect Texas children, visit the agency’s Web site at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.