Thursday, August 5, 2010
Allen Lynn Ward
The arrest was a joint operation by the Texas Attorney General’s Office and Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice and the Office of the Inspector General also fully cooperated with the investigation and provided assistance to the Cyber Crimes Unit.
Ward remains in Anderson County Jail charged with child pornography possession a third-degree felony in lieu of a $1 million bond. If convicted, Ward faces two 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 online child predators. In 2003, he created the Cyber Crimes Unit, which protects children from online sexual exploitation. The Cyber Crimes Unit and the Fugitive Unit, which locates sex offenders who have violated the terms of their parole and could be stalking children, have combined to arrest more than 2,000 sex offenders.
For more information on Attorney General Abbott’s efforts to crack down on sexual predators, visit the attorney general’s website at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov or call (800) 252-8011.