Thursday, June 22, 2006
Cyber Crimes Unit’S Child Pornography Investigation Results In 15 Year Prison Term For Canyon Lake Sex PredatorCANYON LAKE – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Cyber Crimes Unit investigation of a Canyon Lake man who was distributing sexually explicit images of children from his home computer has resulted in a 15-year federal prison sentence for Sean Velton McKinley, 50.
Prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s office, working with prosecutors from Attorney General Abbott’s Cyber Crimes Unit, presented the case in the U.S. District Court in Austin after McKinley pled guilty to transportation of child pornography.
“Stockpiling child pornography is a child sex crime that will not be tolerated in Texas,” said Attorney General Abbott. “We will continue our vigorous pursuit of these offenders, and I am deeply grateful to the state and federal authorities who worked to bring this man to justice. I am pleased that he will spend a long time behind bars for his despicable actions, and I appreciate the leadership and cooperation of U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton to make the state a safer place for Texas families.”
Cyber Crimes investigators conducted a search of McKinley’s Canyon Lake residence after receiving the case from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which received a complaint from an internet service provider that McKinley was attempting to e-mail an image of child pornography to another user. Forensic analysis of McKinley’s computers revealed several images of children engaged in sexual conduct.
He was indicted Jan. 17, 2006, on one count of transportation of child pornography, two counts of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. He has been in custody since his arrest on Feb. 11, 2006.
Upon completion of his prison term, McKinley must register as a sex offender and attend a mental health or sex offender treatment program. He will be banned from using the Internet unless approved by probation officials and prohibited from associating with children under 18 without supervision. McKinley must also refrain from drinking alcohol and buying or possessing sexually stimulating materials.
In 1981, McKinley was convicted in Jefferson County of indecency with a child, a felony offense. In that case, McKinley drove around Beaumont approaching young boys and girls as they walked in their neighborhoods. He solicited their help in "finding his lost dog" and would ask the children to look at a picture of the dog. When the children approached the car, he would expose himself to them.
Attorney General Abbott has made pursuing sexual predators a top priority in his administration. The Cyber Crimes Unit, which targets online predators, has made over 80 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 44 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.