Tuesday, June 28, 2005
Attorney General Abbott Applauds Conviction Of Former Fort Hood Man For Child Sex CrimesAUSTIN - Attorney General Greg Abbott today applauded the conviction of a former Fort Hood soldier on two counts of committing child sex crimes. Lamar E. Smith, 28, was found guilty in the 22nd Judicial District Court of attempted aggravated sexual assault of a child and attempted sexual performance by a child.
He was sentenced to eight years on the first offense, a second-degree felony, and fined $10,000. On the second offense, a third-degree felony, he was sentenced to five years and fined $5,000. The sentences will run concurrently.
“This conviction shows, once again, that Texas will not tolerate those who prey on children,” Attorney General Abbott said. “Child sex predators are a serious threat to young Texans, and I am absolutely committed to cracking down on this shameless abuse and exploitation by putting these people behind bars.”
Smith, who at the time was a noncommissioned officer stationed at Fort Hood near Killeen, was arrested by investigators with Attorney General Abbott’s Cyber Crimes Unit on June 9, 2004, when he arrived in the Buda area to meet what he thought would be a young girl he had contacted in an Internet chat room. When he arrived, however, he was surprised to find that the “girl” was actually a Cyber Crimes investigator. Smith was charged with attempted aggravated sexual assault of a child. The Hays County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the arrests.
Smith was indicted on Sept. 1, 2004 for attempted sexual performance by a child and criminal solicitation of a minor.
Attorney General Abbott has made pursuing sexual predators a top priority in his administration. His Fugitive and Cyber Crimes units have arrested nearly 250 child sex predators since he created the units in 2003. The Fugitive Unit works to pinpoint and arrest convicted child sex offenders who have violated parole and could be stalking children. Cyber Crimes investigators assume the identity of underage teens in Internet chat rooms, which often leads to child predators soliciting them for sex online and then attempting to meet them. Predators agree to meet the person they think is a child, but are surprised to find out the “child” is actually a Cyber Crimes investigator.
To find out more about Attorney General Abbott’s efforts to crack down on sexual predators, visit the Attorney General’s Web site at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov or call (800) 252-8011.