Ken Paxton

Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Internet Bureau Officers Arrest Another Alleged Child Predator In San Marcos

AUSTIN--Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's Texas Internet Bureau officers today arrested a second child predator suspect within two weeks who traveled to a location in San Marcos.

Taken into custody before noon was Victor Gage, 20, of Hutto. The Hays County Sheriff's Office assisted in the arrest. Gage has been charged with attempted aggravated sexual assault of a minor. His arrest follows five days of alleged explicit Internet chat room conversations with what he thought to be a 13-year-old girl, who turned out to be an Internet Bureau investigator. Bond was set at $100,000.

"As we continue to see more of these suspects willing to take risks in meeting children for sex, we must send a strong, clear message that my office and other law enforcement authorities will ask for jail time to get them off our streets," said Attorney General Abbott. "We will seek to make them pay for endangering our children."

Gage also has an outstanding warrant pending from Williamson County for theft by check.

On June 13, Internet Bureau officers also arrested Srinath Audityan, 29, of north Austin, in San Marcos and charged him with the same offense.

Internet Bureau officers made a similar arrest May 10 in Bee Cave near Austin. James Steven Thornton Jr., 26, of Lampasas was charged with criminal solicitation of a minor. He was indicted by a grand jury on June 19.