Wednesday, June 9, 2004

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Attorney General Abbott's Cyber Crimes Unit Arrests Five More Suspected Child Sex Predators

AUSTIN - Attorney General Greg Abbott’s investigators arrested four men in Hays County this week – including a Round Rock special education teacher and a Fort Hood soldier – in separate incidents when they showed up to meet whom they thought would be underage “girls” they met on the Internet.

The “girls” turned out to be trained Internet investigators from the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit, which, over the past year has arrested 47 men for attempting to arrange sexual rendezvous with underage teens over the Internet.

“These suspects and many others with similar deviant intentions are willing to take great effort and risk to prey on young children. My investigators will not hesitate to take swift action to get a would-be child predator off the streets and into the criminal justice system,” said Abbott.

Lamar E. Smith, 28, a noncommissioned officer stationed at Fort Hood near Killeen, was arrested today when he arrived in the Buda area to meet a young girl he had contacted in an Internet chat room. Married with four children, Smith is also being investigated by the U.S. Army for possession of child pornography. He is charged with attempted aggravated sexual assault of a child. His bond was set at $250,000.

Todd K. Cline, 41, of Hutto, who teaches special education students in grades 6-12 in the Round Rock Independent School District, was arrested Tuesday as he arrived at a fast food restaurant along I-35 to meet the child with whom he thought he had been conversing in an Internet chat room. Cline is married and has two children. He is charged with attempted aggravated sexual assault of a child and bond was set at $250,000. Cline has a prior record that includes theft and DWI.


(Lamar Smith, Todd Cline, Dennis G. Boswell)



(Cory Mayham, Harvey White)

A third man, Dennis G. Boswell, 46, of Converse, was taken into custody Tuesday as he showed up in the same general area to meet a young girl he thought he had been conversing with over the Internet. Boswell is divorced and unemployed. His bond was set at $250,000. He is charged with criminal solicitation of a minor.

The Cyber Crimes Unit also arrested a San Antonio man on Monday in Hays County for attempting to meet a 14-year-old girl. Cory D. Mayham, 28, was charged with attempted sexual assault of a child. He works as a cashier at a local restaurant. He is divorced with one child.

A fifth man, Texas A&M University ROTC program employee Harvey White, 42, of College Station, was arrested May 28 as he attempted to meet a 14-year-old girl in the Buda area. He was charged with attempted sexual assault of a child.

The Hays County Sheriff’s Department assisted Attorney General Abbott’s Cyber Crimes Unit in the arrests.