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Attorney General Abbott's Cyber Crimes Unit Arrests Police Officer For Child Pornography

NEW BRAUNFELS – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Cyber Crimes Unit investigators arrested New Braunfels police officer Justin Broussard, 44, Saturday on one count of possession of child pornography. He was taken into custody at the Guadalupe County Jail following a referral from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in San Antonio.

“People who possess child pornography are robbing our children of their innocence and inflicting harm that these young ones will feel for the rest of their lives," said Attorney General Abbott. "We will continue our pursuit of child predators no matter who they are or where they try to hide. Our partnerships with local and federal law enforcement agencies are critical to the efforts of our Cyber Crimes Unit, and I especially appreciate the work of the San Antonio and Austin offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on this case.”

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Justin Broussard

Cyber Crimes Unit investigators and FBI agents conducted a search at Broussard’s home Saturday in connection with Broussard’s alleged purchase of illegal DVDs from an online merchant. Forensic exams of electronic media found at the residence revealed sexually explicit images of young children.

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.

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 Web site at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov or call (800) 252-8011.