Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Killeen Resident Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Online Solicitation of a MinorGATESVILLE - A Killeen resident was today sentenced to 20 years in prison for using the Internet to prey upon children. Xavier Rajesh Noronha, 38, pled guilty in March to two counts of online solicitation of a minor, two counts of attempted sexual performance of a child and one count of attempted aggravated sexual assault. Noronha also was ordered to pay a fine of $5,000.
After completing his prison term, Noronha must register as a sex offender for 10 years.
On Nov. 8, 2007, Noronha was arrested by the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit for soliciting a 13-year-old girl online. The arrest occurred after he drove from Fort Hood to an apartment in Copperas Cove, where he arranged to sexually assault an underage girl. The girl was actually an undercover Cyber Crimes Unit investigator with whom Noronha twice chatted online.
At the time of his arrest, Noronha was married and employed as an IT engineer.
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 100 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.