Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Attorney General Abbott's Cyber Crimes Unit Arrests Two Men For Targeting Teens Online; Obtains Indictment Against Another Man For Child PornAUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Cyber Crimes Unit investigators continued their pursuit of child sex offenders, arresting two men who allegedly used the Internet to solicit sex from children and obtaining a 10-count indictment against a Brenham man for possessing sexually explicit images of children.
Gary Wayne Bonorden, 50, of Hallettsville, was arrested when he showed up at a restaurant in Bastrop, bringing wine coolers to an alleged sexual rendezvous he had arranged with someone he believed to be a 14-year-old girl.
Christopher R. Kronshagen, 37, of Conroe, was arrested at a Sugar Land gas station when he allegedly showed up to meet what he thought would be a 13-year-old girl for sex.
A Washington County grand jury indicted Michael Patrick Sutherland, 39, of Brenham, on 10 counts of possession of child pornography. Cyber Crimes Unit prosecutors presented the case.
“Within minutes of logging online, sexual predators are on the prowl, downloading child pornography or luring young victims in Internet chatrooms,” said Attorney General Abbott. “These arrests send another signal to would-be child sex offenders that Texas law enforcement is online as well, protecting our communities and our children from sexual exploitation. I thank the Bastrop Sheriff’s Office, the Sugar Land Police Department, and Washington County District Attorney Renee Mueller for their work in assisting our Cyber Crimes Unit investigators and prosecutors to clean up the Internet for Texas families.”
Bonorden drove over 60 miles from Hallettsville to Bastrop for the alleged meeting. He was arrested for attempted sexual assault of a child.
Kronshagen was arrested for online solicitation of a minor. At the time of his arrest, Kronshagen was employed as a financial advisor for an investment corporation.
Cyber Crimes investigators conducted a search at Sutherland’s residence on May 17 after a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Analysis of Sutherland’s computer revealed several images of child pornography. He was arrested May 19 and remains in the Washington County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bond.
Online solicitation of a minor, attempted sexual assault of a child, and possession of child pornography are third-degree felonies punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a fine of 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 82 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 275 such offenders. His office also has obtained convictions against 42 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.