Thursday, October 29, 2009
Video of Stephen Sudduth's arrest
|40-count indictment against Stephen Sudduth|
|Attorney General's search warrant affidavit|
The Cyber Crimes Unit began investigating Sudduth after a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children indicated Sudduth possessed child pornography. Cyber Crimes Unit investigators arrested Sudduth after today’s felony indictments. In July, Sudduth resigned from a Hays Consolidated Independent School District teaching job he was set to begin. Sudduth is prohibited from using the Internet and being near children until trial. Assistant Attorney General Brenda Cantu is prosecuting the case.
Before he transferred to Hays Consolidated ISD, Sudduth was an elementary school teacher with the Katy Independent School District. Parents who have questions or relevant information about this case may contact the Office of the Attorney General’s Criminal Investigations Division at (800) 252-8011.
Under Texas law, possession of child pornography is a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Promotion of child pornography is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Attorney General Abbott has earned a national reputation for aggressively arresting and prosecuting child predators. Since 2003, the Cyber Crimes Unit has arrested 112 online predators seeking to assault young Texans. In addition to arrest roundups, Abbott also launched a series of town hall meetings statewide to educate parents and teenagers about the kind of criminal activity that goes on in connection with Internet diaries, chat rooms and social networking sites.
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