Ken Paxton

Tuesday, July 8, 2003

Attorney General Abbott's Internet Bureau Gets Third Child Predator Arrest In San Marcos

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's Texas Internet Bureau investigators this morning arrested a third suspected child predator traveling to San Marcos to meet what he believed was a 13-year-old girl he met in an Internet chat room.

Bill James Duenas, 32, of Killeen in Bell County, was taken into custody at 9 a.m. as he arrived at a location near I-35 and East Hopkins Street, a rendezvous point he had prearranged with the "girl." The 13-year-old turned out to be an Internet Bureau undercover investigator trained in teen chat room conversations. Duenas has been charged with attempted aggravated sexual assault of a child. Bond was set this afternoon at $150,000.

"We want child predators off the streets, and my Internet Bureau will work tirelessly to lock up sexual deviants who victimize children," said Attorney General Abbott.

Today's arrest brings to three the number of such suspects arrested in San Marcos in less than one month, and the fourth such arrest in two months. The San Marcos Police Department assisted the Internet Bureau in today's arrest.

As background on today's case, Duenas allegedly began conversing with the girl in the chat room a month ago, then cut off the conversations for a time. Later, he allegedly sought out the girl using her screen name in the chat room, resulting in the San Marcos rendezvous he arranged.

The other two suspects arrested in San Marcos recently were Srinath Audityan, 29, of north Austin (June 13), and Victor Gage, 20, of Hutto in Williamson County (June 24). The Hays County Sheriff's Department assisted in those arrests. On May 10 the Internet Bureau apprehended James Steven Thornton Jr., 26, of Lampasas, as he arrived in Bee Cave southwest of Austin.