Wednesday, September 21, 2005

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Attorney General Abbott's Cyber Crimes Unit Arrests College Station Sex Predator

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Cyber Crimes Unit has arrested a College Station man who traveled to Hays County to meet someone he thought was a teenaged girl he solicited on the Internet for sex. John Buford Jean, 32, was apprehended Tuesday after showing up for the meeting at a fast food restaurant in Buda.

“Parents, beware. Predators are prowling chat rooms across the Internet and you must be on your guard to ensure your children don’t fall into their sweet-talking traps,” Attorney General Abbott said. “I am pleased this man is off the streets. Tough law enforcement, combined with strong parental guidance, will help protect our kids and their future.”

Arrested by the Cyber Crimes Unit

John Buford Jean

Jean, who is married and a manager with a temporary manual labor company, was charged with attempted aggravated sexual assault of a child and booked into the Hays County Jail on $150,000 bond.

Cracking down on sexual predators is a top priority of Attorney General Abbott’s administration. His Cyber Crimes and Fugitive units have arrested more than 320 sexual predators since he took office in December 2002. The Cyber Crimes Unit, which targets online predators, has made 64 arrests to date. The Fugitive Unit, which locates convicted child sex offenders who have violated the terms of their parole and could be stalking children, has arrested 223. In addition, the Fugitive Unit has arrested 35 unregistered sex offenders as part of Operation Missing Predator, a statewide initiative launched in April to locate and arrest convicted sex offenders who are not in compliance with sex offender registration requirements.

To find out more about how to keep your children safe on the Internet, see the Attorney General’s Kids’ Page: www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/kids.

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.