Ken Paxton

Friday, July 18, 2003

Texas Internet Bureau Officers Nab Two More Suspected Child Predators In San Marcos

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's Texas Internet Bureau officers arrested an IBM employee from north Austin this afternoon - and, separately, an employee of Southwest Texas State University Wednesday around noon - after they drove to rendezvous points in San Marcos to meet what they believed to be 13-year-old children, allegedly for sex.

Daniel Robert McCarthy, 42, an employee at IBM's north campus, was arrested at 2 p.m. today by Internet Bureau officers when he arrived at a pre-arranged location on East Hopkins Street near I-35 to meet the "child."

Christopher Pacheco, 31, of Staples was taken into custody Wednesday as he arrived at a location on Wonder World Drive, a point he had arranged beforehand with a young "girl."

In both cases, the 13-year-old girl turned out to be an Internet Bureau undercover investigator whom the men had allegedly engaged in sex talk in an Internet chat room. Both men have been charged with attempted aggravated sexual assault of a child. Bond was set Wednesday afternoon at $250,000 for each.

"I will not tolerate the victimization of children," said Attorney General Abbott. "Our Texas Internet Bureau's goal is lock up child predators and deter others from acting out these abhorrent behaviors."

Today's arrest brings to five the number of such suspects arrested in San Marcos in just over a month, and the seventh such arrest in two months in Central Texas.

The San Marcos Police Department and Hays County Sheriff's Department assisted the Internet Bureau in this week's arrests.

Other suspects arrested in San Marcos recently on these charges were Bill James Duenas, 32, of Killeen (July 8); Victor Gage, 20, of Hutto in Williamson County (June 24); and Srinath Audityan, 29, of north Austin (June 13). On May 10 the Internet Bureau apprehended James Steven Thornton Jr., 26, of Lampasas, as he arrived in Bee Cave southwest of Austin. He has since been indicted.