Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Hallettsville Sex Predator Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for Child PornographyHALLETTSVILLE – A Lavaca County state district judge today sentenced Randy Gus Kuehn, 35, of Hallettsville, to seven years in prison for possession of child pornography. Kuehn also was fined $500. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Cyber Crimes Unit investigated and prosecuted the case.
“This defendant received a seven-year prison sentence for possessing child pornography,” Attorney General Abbott said. “Texans will not tolerate criminals who prey upon our children. The Cyber Crimes Unit will continue to protect young Texans by arresting and prosecuting sex predators and child pornographers. We are grateful to Lavaca County District Attorney Vicki Pattillo for her tremendous assistance with this case.”
The Cyber Crimes Unit began investigating Kuehn after receiving a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that he was posting sexually explicit images of children online. Investigators conducted a forensic exam of Kuehn’s home computer, which revealed nearly 100 images and several videos of child pornography. Kuehn was indicted in July 2007 on seven counts of possession of child pornography.
Attorney General Abbott has earned a national reputation for aggressively arresting and prosecuting child predators. Since 2003, the Cyber Crimes Unit and Fugitive Unit have arrested more than 600 sex predators. Prosecutors also have obtained convictions against more than 70 men on child pornography charges.
For more information, contact the Office of the Attorney General at (800) 252-8011 or visit the Attorney General’s Web site at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.