Ken Paxton

Friday, February 27, 2004

Attorney General Abbott's Cyber Crimes Officers Nab Two Soldiers, One Houston Man In Child Predator Cases

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Cyber Crimes Unit investigators have made three more child predator arrests, including two men who are in the military, bringing to 32 the number arrested since May. All were charged with attempted sexual assault of a child, a felony.

The latest incident, Thursday morning at a fast-food restaurant in Copperas Cove, resulted in the arrest of Kenneth Brzoznowski, 27, of Copperas Cove, a soldier stationed at nearby Fort Hood. Brzoznowski believed he would be meeting a 13-year-old girl for sex, when in reality he had previously chatted about sex with a Cyber Crimes investigator in a teen Internet chat room. He was taken to the Coryell County Jail in Gatesville and is awaiting bond.

(Ashcraft, Barton, Brzoznowski)

Another soldier, Christopher P. Barton, 26, a 2nd Lieutenant stationed at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, was arrested February 20 as he arrived at a fast food restaurant in Buda (Hays County) to meet what he thought would be a 15-year-old girl he had chatted with on the Internet about having sex. Barton was booked into the Hays County Jail and held on $250,000 bond.

A third man, Phillip Ashcraft, 37, who is unemployed and lives in Cypress near Houston, drove to the Buda area on February 18 to meet what he believed to be a 14-year-old girl. He was taken to the Hays County Jail, where a magistrate later set bond at $50,000. The Hays County Sheriff’s Department assisted in the arrests of both Ashcraft and Barton.

While my office has a powerful crime deterrent in the Cyber Crimes Unit, it’s clear that some individuals will risk their livelihoods, families and futures in an attempt to meet a child for sex, said Attorney General Abbott. We are putting our law enforcement tools to work with other crime-fighters in communities across Texas to see that this does not happen.

In other Cyber Crimes news, a Bastrop County grand jury on Wednesday returned one multi-count indictment against Charles Guillory, 51, of Austin. These included six counts each of criminal solicitation of a minor and attempted sexual performance by a child, all of which are felony charges. Cyber Crimes investigators arrested Guillory on December 12 as he arrived in Bastrop to meet who he thought would be a 14-year-old girl.