Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Attorney General Abbott's Cyber Crimes Unit Arrests Del Valle School District Bus Driver for Online SolicitationBASTROP – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Cyber Crimes Unit arrested a Del Valle ISD school bus driver Tuesday for using the Internet to sexually solicit a 13-year-old girl.
Michael Schweitzer, 56, of Cedar Creek, faces one online solicitation of a minor charge, a second-degree felony, stemming from his alleged sexually proposition of an undercover Cyber Crimes Unit investigator. The investigator posed as an underage child in an Internet chat room. Schweitzer, who was booked into the Bastrop County Jail, faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
“Nothing is more frightening to parents than the thought of a sex predator driving their children to school each morning,” Attorney General Abbott said. “Yesterday’s arrest is a stark reminder to law enforcement and educators alike. Our Cyber Crimes Unit will continue arresting and prosecuting sex predators who use the Internet to prey on children.”
Cyber Crimes Unit investigators arrested Schweitzer at his residence, where they confiscated a computer for forensic analysis. Although Schweitzer did not actually travel to meet with the online minor he allegedly propositioned, Texas law makes it a felony to “knowingly solicit” a minor for sex. State law also explicitly prohibits offenders from defending charges against them by arguing that no meeting actually occurred.
Since taking office, Attorney General Abbott has earned a national reputation for aggressively arresting and prosecuting online child predators. In 2003, he created the Cyber Crimes Unit, which protects children from online sexual exploitation. The Cyber Crimes Unit and the Fugitive Unit, which locates sex offenders who have violated the terms of their parole and could be stalking children, have combined to arrest more than 600 sex offenders. Cyber Crimes Unit investigators also have traveled to schools and communities statewide to offer educational cyber safety programs.
For more information on Attorney General Abbott’s efforts to crack down on sex predators, visit the Attorney General's Web site at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov or call (800) 252-8011.