Friday, October 1, 2010

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Cyber Crimes Unit Arrests Laredo Resident For Child Pornography Possession

LAREDO Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Cyber Crimes Unit arrested Laredo resident Juan Antonio Sanchez, 21, on Thursday for child pornography possession, a third-degree felony. Sanchez also faces state jail felony charges for possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana. The drug charges stem from an investigation by the Webb County Sheriff’s Department.

Law enforcement officers with the Cyber Crimes Unit and the Webb County Sheriff’s Department conducted a search of Sanchez’s residence after he allegedly shared a child pornography video with an undercover Cyber Crimes Unit investigator online. Cyber Crimes Unit officers confiscated Sanchez’s computer, arrested him and booked him into the Webb County Jail.

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Juan Antonio Sanchez

Child pornography possession is punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. The Webb County District Attorney’s Office will prosecute the case.

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, have combined to arrest more than 2,000 sex offenders.

For more information on Attorney General Abbott’s efforts to crack down on sex predators, visit the agency’s website at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov or call (800) 252-8011.