Ken Paxton

Wednesday, December 17, 2003

Attorney General Greg Abbott Gets Child Predator Indictments Against Seven In Bastrop County

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott secured Bastrop County grand jury indictments today against seven Central Texas men who were arrested recently by officers of the Attorney General's Cyber Crimes Unit for arranging to meet what they thought would be children for sex.

The Attorney General made a personal appearance at the Bastrop County Courthouse this morning to underscore the importance of such cases and his office's priority of keeping children safe and predators off the Internet.

(Cottingham, Coelho, Alvarado, Tardy)

(Denison, Kapoor, Reeves)

"Today's indictments tie conversations over the Internet to actual planned meetings, rendezvous set up by predators seeking to abuse innocent children," said Attorney General Abbott. "We are confident in our cases and we look forward to seeing these defendants on trial and in prison."

In each case, the men approached what they thought were teenagers in Internet chat rooms and arranged to meet them. In reality, the men were talking with officers from the Cyber Crimes Unit, who arrested the men when they showed up to meet their young victims.

Charged by the grand jury with criminal solicitation of a minor, all felony offenses, are:
  • Randolph Cottingham, 26, of Pflugerville (arrested October 8);
  • Conrad Coelho, 38, of Austin (arrested October 28);
  • Boris A. Alvarado, 30, of Austin (arrested November 3);
  • Samuel Eugene Tardy, 33, of Houston (arrested November 10);
  • Matthew Denison, 30, of Austin (arrested November 13);
  • Karan Kapoor, 24, of Austin (arrested November 14); and
  • Danny James Reeves, 31, of Cedar Park (arrested November 25)
Bastrop County District Attorney Bryan Goertz assisted Cyber Crimes prosecutors in the handling of the cases.

The Cyber Crimes Unit has arrested 26 individuals since last May when this child protection effort began. All but one of the men have been indicted in various jurisdictions and await trial. The most recent arrested was Charles Guillory, 51, of Austin. Officers took him into custody on December 12 when he arrived in Bastrop to meet what he thought would be a 14-year-old girl.