Friday, July 14, 2006
Cyber Crimes Unit Obtains Indictment Against Houston-Area Man For Child PornographyMAGNOLIA – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Cyber Crimes Unit investigators placed into custody a Fort Benning soldier at the Montgomery County Jail on Tuesday after he surrendered to authorities following his indictment on charges of possessing and promoting child pornography.
A Montgomery County grand jury indicted Michael Ray Peterson Lisembee, 22, of Magnolia on two counts of promotion and 12 counts of possession of child pornography on June 27 after he was caught with hundreds of sexually explicit photos and videos of children.
“The collection and distribution of child pornography is occurring not just in big cities, but in communities all across Texas,” said Attorney General Abbott. “Our Cyber Crimes Unit investigators are helping to reverse this trend with each arrest and prosecution of an offender who stores or transmits these despicable images. Through our partnerships with local law enforcement agencies, our investigators can continue their work to protect Texas children.”
Cyber Crimes Unit investigators executed a search warrant at Lisembee’s Houston-area home in March after a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children indicated that he was sending e-mail containing sexually explicit images of children. Forensic exams of his computer revealed hundreds of photos and videos of child pornography.
At the time of the investigation, Lisembee was enlisted in the U.S. Army and stationed at Fort Benning, Ga. for basic training. Attorney General Abbott’s prosecutors will handle the case.
Possession of child pornography is a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Promotion is a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in state 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, and the Fugitive Unit, which locates convicted child sex offenders who have violated the terms of their parole and could be stalking children, have combined for over 470 arrests of such offenders since Abbott took office in December 2002. His office also has obtained convictions against 45 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 website at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov or call (800) 252-8011.