Monday, July 25, 2005
Attorney General Abbott's Cyber Crimes Unit Arrests Kerrville VeterinarianAUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today announced his Cyber Crimes Unit has arrested Jonathan Ward Brooke, a veterinarian from Kerrville, who drove to Hays County allegedly to meet an individual he thought was an underage girl for sex. He was charged with attempted aggravated sexual assault of a child, a second-degree felony.
“This arrest emphasizes, once again, how important it is for us to remain vigilant in protecting Texas children from those who want to harm them,” Attorney General Abbott said. “Child predators who are using the Internet to solicit sex from minors need to realize they can no longer hide behind a computer. My Cyber Crimes Unit is working tirelessly to stop these predators before they strike.”
Brooke, 52, was arrested at a fast food restaurant in Buda after attempting to meet a person he believed to be a 13-year-old girl he had solicited on the Internet for sex. In fact, the “girl” was an undercover Cyber Crimes Unit investigator who had been chatting with Brooke online. Brooke owns an animal clinic in Kerrville, is married and has three children. He is awaiting indictment after posting a $175,000 bond.
Attorney General Abbott has made pursuing sexual predators a top priority in his administration, establishing the Cyber Crimes and Fugitive units in 2003. To date, the Cyber Crimes Unit has made 61 arrests.
Abbott’s Fugitive Unit works to pinpoint and arrest convicted child sex offenders who have violated parole and could be stalking children. To date, the Fugitive Unit has arrested 206 such parole violators. The Fugitive Unit also has arrested 16 unregistered sex offenders as part of Operation Missing Predator, a statewide initiative launched in April by Attorney General Abbott to locate and arrest convicted sex offenders who are not registered.
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.