Tuesday, February 7, 2006
Attorney General Abbott Wins Grand Jury Indictments Against Former Seminary Student For Child Sex CrimesGIDDINGS – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Cyber Crimes Unit today obtained indictments by a Lee County grand jury against a former seminary student for possessing sexually explicit images of children and for using the Internet to solicit a child for sex. Johnathan Keith Kana, 24, of Lexington was indicted on 13 counts of child pornography possession and one count of criminal solicitation of a minor.
“The Internet has changed the face of today’s child predator, and parents must help their kids be aware of the dangers that lurk in chat rooms,” Attorney General Abbott said. “My office will aggressively prosecute this and all cases against child sex offenders to make Texas communities safer for all children and families.”
Cyber Crimes investigators arrested Kana, formerly a student at an Illinois seminary, on June 29, 2005, when he arrived at a Buda fast food restaurant to meet a person whom he thought was a 13-year-old girl for sex. The “girl” was actually an undercover Cyber Crimes Unit investigator who had been chatting with him online. Investigators later executed a search warrant at Kana’s residence that turned up images of child pornography.
Possession of child pornography is a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in state prison and a fine up to $10,000. Criminal solicitation of a minor is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in state prison and a fine up to $10,000.
Attorney General Abbott has made pursuing sexual predators a top priority in his administration. The Cyber Crimes Unit, which targets online predators, has made 72 arrests since Abbott took office in December 2002. The Fugitive Unit, which locates convicted child sex offenders who have violated the terms of their parole and could be stalking children, has arrested more than 250 such offenders. His office also has obtained convictions against 36 men on child pornography charges.
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.