Ken Paxton

Monday, September 29, 2008

Attorney General Abbott Welcomes New National Center For Missing and Exploited Children Office Opening in Texas

AUSTIN Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott joined Gov. Rick Perry and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) Co-Founder John Walsh today to announce the opening of a NCMEC office in Austin to serve Texans.

The Office of the Attorney General’s (OAG) Cyber Crimes Unit regularly receives tips from NCMEC’s Cybertipline implicating criminal conduct by child predators within Texas. Once these tips are relayed to OAG investigators, they work cooperatively with state and local officials to locate and arrest criminals who prey on children.

I am proud to welcome NCMEC’s newest regional office to Texas, Attorney General Abbott said. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is an invaluable partner in our efforts to protect Texas children. With the opening of their Austin office, we look forward to continuing our efforts to protect young Texans.

The OAG has teamed with NCMEC to distribute thousands of flash drives to parents that could be used to help locate missing children. Each flash drive stores information about up to 10 children. Parents can use the flash drives to download essential identifying information, including: recent digital photos, height, weight, address, e-mail addresses, parents’ names and other important details. In the event of an emergency, the flash drives are designed to provide quick information access to law enforcement authorities, who can use the stored information to quickly publish Amber Alerts and launch other community assistance efforts.

Attorney General Abbott also launched the Fugitive Unit in 2003, which locates sex offenders who have violated the terms of their parole and could be stalking children. Together, the Cyber Crimes Unit and Fugitive Unit have arrested more than 700 sex offenders, and prosecutors have obtained child pornography convictions against more than 80 men. Many of those cases originated from reports to NCMEC’s Cybertipline.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s (NCMEC) mission is to help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation; help find missing children; and assist victims of child abduction and sexual exploitation, their families, and the professionals who serve them.