Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Former West Lake Hills Police Officer Sentenced To Five Years In Prison For Online Solicitation of a MinorLLANO – A Llano County jury sentenced a former City of West Lake Hills police officer to five years incarceration and three consecutive 10-year probated sentences. Paul Kirksey, 36, also is required to register as a sex offender until 10 years after he completes his probation. Kirksey pleaded guilty to the five felony online solicitation charges on Monday.
In September 2008, Kirksey was indicted for distributing sexually explicit images over the Internet to an Office of the Attorney General undercover investigator whom the defendant thought was a 13-year-old girl.
Upon examination of Kirksey’s computer, evidence was recovered that he had solicited another unknown minor in June 2007. Kirksey admitted to the jury that he solicited “two to three” minors, but did not recall their names or screen names.
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 1,000 predators. Prosecutors also have obtained convictions against more than 80 men on child pornography charges.
For more information on Attorney General Abbott’s efforts to crack down on sex predators, contact the Office of the Attorney General at (800) 252-8011 or visit the agency’s Web site at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.