TX AG CEU Roundsup Child Predator

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Robert Lee Gonzales, 42, of El Campo, Texas.

AG Paxton’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests El Campo Man for Sexual Assault of a Child

AUSTIN, TX  –  Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Child Exploitation Unit of his office arrested 42-year-old Robert Lee Gonzales, of El Campo, Texas, pursuant to three warrants for sexual assault of a child.

A CyberTipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children® (NCMEC) alerted the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) to Gonzales, who reportedly uploaded child pornography to a social media account.

Following a search warrant at his residence, Gonzales was interviewed by CEU investigators and denied possessing child pornography.

Investigators seized several digital storage devices for examination by the Digital Forensics Unit of the attorney general’s office.

As the investigation continued, a subsequent search warrant for Gonzales’ social media account revealed communications with two children, detailing sexual assaults, as well as images of child pornography.

The two children were identified and interviewed, both confirming that Gonzales sexually assaulted them.

Attorney General Paxton’s office works to protect children by using the latest technology to track down some of the most profoundly evil predators online.

Since its inception, the Child Exploitation Unit has made 334 arrests and obtained 589 convictions on charges for possession of child pornography.

Attorney General Paxton urges all parents and teachers to become aware of the risks children face on the internet and take steps to help ensure their safety.

If you suspect someone is producing or downloading child pornography, you can report it to NCMEC.
CyberTipline
1-800-843-5678

For more information on cyber safety, please visit:
https://texasattorneygeneral.gov/initiatives/cyber-safety/

TX School Bus Driver Facing Criminal Solicitation Of Minor

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Ruben Castillo, 63

Mesquite ISD bus driver attempted to solicit child for sex, police say

DALLAS, TX  –  A bus driver for Mesquite ISD was arrested Tuesday after police say he attempted to solicit a child for sex.

Ruben Castillo, 63, faces one count of criminal solicitation of a minor to commit sexual assault of a child, Mesquite police said.

Police did not release any additional details about the case but said that any other students who believe Castillo contacted them inappropriately should call the police department at 972-285-6336.

Castillo has worked as a bus driver for the district for 11 years, police said.

A Mesquite ISD spokeswoman said the district moved quickly to remove Castillo from his position and fire him after learning of his arrest.

“These charges are very troubling, and we are sickened that a trusted employee attempted to victimize one of our students,” the district said in a written statement. “While we are unaware of any other students who may have been impacted by Mr. Castillo’s actions, the district is cooperating fully with the police investigation.”

Castillo was being held in the Mesquite jail Tuesday evening, with bail set at $25,000, jail records showed.

Do You Supervise Your Children’s Phones?

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These 25 men were arrested for arriving at a home to sexually abuse children in Arizona last month.

25 Reasons You Should Know What Your
Children Are Doing On Their Phones

These 25 men were arrested for arriving at a home to sexually abuse children in Arizona last month.  They responded to ads on various apps and websites by attempting to make a deal for different sex acts with children.  Luckily, undercover officers were the ones behind the ads, not traffickers selling real children.

Unfortunately, the type of sting operation used in Operation Summer Shield works well because of the shocking amount of real ads of real child victims who are being exploited sexually online.

In addition to traffickers selling children online, social media has become a wide open field for predators to find and extort vulnerable children.  Today’s youth need to know the dangers online.

“Predators no longer lurk in chat rooms,” Senator Marsha Blackburn said (link tweet), “ Predators use the apps our children use.”  These 25 men are the 25 reasons that you should know what your children are doing on their phones, because children are being targeted by online sexual predators.

“Traffickers look for the vulnerabilities and a child.  They look for what they are talking about online,” said Dr. Roe-Sepowtiz.  “And they find what it is that is missing, whether it’s attention, or love, or [physical] things.”

“I think it’s really important that if someone slides into their DM, that they know that that’s a predator, and to cut that person off,” she said.

These men all sought to have sex with children in other states around the U.S. in the last few months through Snapchat, Instagram, and other popular social media apps and websites

TX AG CEU Stops Eagle Lake Purveyor Of Child Pornography

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TX Attorney General Logo graphic.

AG Paxton’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests Eagle Lake Man for Possession and Promotion of Child Pornography

AUSTIN, TX  –  Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Child Exploitation Unit of his office arrested 32-year-old Camron Lee Wood, of Eagle Lake, Texas, on one count of possession of child pornography and one count of promotion of child pornography.

A CyberTipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children® (NCMEC) alerted the Child Exploitation Unit to Wood, who reportedly uploaded child pornography to a social media account.

During the execution of a search warrant, investigators found Wood to be in possession of images and videos of child pornography.

When interviewed, Wood admitted to uploading, collecting and sharing files of child pornography.

Investigators seized several digital storage devices for examination by the Digital Forensics Unit of the attorney general’s office.

Attorney General Paxton’s office works to protect children by using the latest technology to track down some of the most profoundly evil predators online.

Since its inception, the Child Exploitation Unit has made 333 arrests and obtained 589 convictions on charges for possession of child pornography.

Attorney General Paxton urges all parents and teachers to become aware of the risks children face on the internet and take steps to help ensure their safety.

If you suspect someone is producing or downloading child pornography, you can report it to NCMEC:
CyberTipline
1-800-843-5678

For more information on cyber safety, please visit:
https://texasattorneygeneral.gov/initiatives/cyber-safety/

Is Your Baby In Danger?

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Nancy Cowles, executive director of Kids in Danger.

Recalled Sleepers Linked To Infant Deaths Are Still Being Used in Daycare Centers

Earlier this year, Fischer-Price issued a recall of nearly five million Rock ‘n Play sleepers after the popular product was linked to at least 30 infant deaths.  Not long after, Kids II recalled 700,000 of its own inclined sleepers due to similar concerns.

Several months later, one mom was shocked to find that these dangerous sleepers are still being used in some daycare centers, which could be putting their kids at risk.

Sarah Landis, a mom from Philadelphia, told Consumer Reports that in June, she came to her one-year-old son’s daycare and discovered that a Rock ‘n Play Sleeper was in the infant facility room.  Landis told her husband, Adam Garber, who works in product safety.  Garber gave the daycare a call to see if they were aware of the recall.

“Our daycare provider, who cares deeply about the kids, was really confused,” says Garber.  “She said she thought there had only been a warning about the Rock ‘n Play Sleeper and that as long as the product was properly used, and babies were buckled in, it would be fine.”

Garber informed the daycare director that a full recall had been issued, something that the director says they were never informed about the extent of the recall and so they believed they were not putting children in danger by keeping theirs.  William Wallace, the manager of home and safety policy for Consumer Reports, says that this can be common if companies give mixed messaging about a recall.

“Recalls don’t work well unless people get a clear and consistent message.  And they especially don’t work well if manufacturers and the government fail to fully warn people about the risks of a product,” Wallace explained.

Fortunately, in this case, no infants were harmed as a result of the sleeper but considering the popularity of these products, it’s hard to imagine that there aren’t still daycare centers that are unknowingly using a product that has been proven to be dangerous.

What can you do if you are a parent who is unsure if your kid’s daycare is using one of these items?  Garber says the most effective thing you can do is reach out.

“One of the things we’re telling folks is to just go in and ask what the center’s plan is to check for and remove recalled products—and then ask about specific products,” Garber says.

Ben Hoffman, M.D., chairperson of the American Academy of Pediatric’s Council on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention’s executive committee, agrees, adding that the safest thing for parents is to ensure that no inclined sleepers are being used.

“I would encourage parents to talk to day care providers and make sure their babies are put to sleep in a safe way, and not in a recalled product—but ideally not in any inclined sleeper,” Hoffman says.