Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Cyber Crimes Unit Arrests Registered Sex Offender for Child Pornography Possession and PromotionSAN ANTONIO – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Cyber Crimes Unit arrested San Antonio resident and registered sex offender Michael Jimenez, 44, Monday on child pornography possession and promotion charges. After his arrest, Jimenez was booked into the Bexar County Jail.
Jimenez’s arrest stemmed from a referral by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office in Florida, which notified the Cyber Crimes Unit that their Criminal Investigation Unit had identified an individual in Texas who was in possession of child pornography. Cyber Crimes Unit investigators and deputies from the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search warrant at Jimenez’s residence, where they found numerous child pornography images on Jimenez’s computer. Investigators also suspect Jimenez sent and received additional child pornography images via publicly available peer-to-peer sharing software.
Jimenez is a registered sex offender and was convicted in 1992 of aggravated sexual assault of a child.
Under Texas law, child pornography possession is a third-degree felony. If convicted, Jimenez faces two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Child pornography promotion is a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. The Bexar 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 www.texasattorneygeneral.gov or call (800) 252-8011.