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Texas Attorney General’s Units Busy Keeping Texas Safe – Part 2

 

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FUGITIVE APPREHENSION UNIT Continued

In Ellis County, Damian Cloud Corbin was arrested on September 2 on an outstanding warrant for injury to a child/elderly/disabled with intent to cause bodily injury.  Ellis County Sheriff’s Office assisted with this arrest.

In Galveston County, Donovan Pollard was arrested on September 6 on outstanding warrants for three counts of possession of child pornography.  Pollard also had an outstanding warrant for possession of a controlled substance.

In Galveston County, Matthew Yargee was arrested on August 31 on an outstanding warrant for assault causing bodily injury and family violence.  The United States Marshals Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force assisted with this arrest.

In Galveston County, Bryce Hynson, a confirmed Westside Bloods gang member, was arrested on August 31 for violating the terms of his parole by incurring new charges. Hynson also had outstanding warrants for prohibited substances and items in a correctional or civil commitment facility.  Hynson was previously convicted for possession of a controlled substance and sentenced to 4 years in prison.  The United States Marshals Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force assisted with this arrest.

In Galveston County, James Robert Kelly was arrested on August 31 for an outstanding warrant for trademark counterfeiting >=$30,000<$150,000.  The United States Marshals Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force assisted with this arrest.

In Galveston County, Deion Richardson was arrested on August 29 on an outstanding warrant for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.  The Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force assisted with this arrest.

In Harris County, Landon Lee Park was arrested on September 7 on outstanding warrants for false statements during purchase of firearms and aiding and abetting false statements during the purchase of firearms.  This arrest was made with the assistance of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), United States Marshals Service in Houston and Galveston, Harris County Sheriff’s Office, and the Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force.

In Harris County, Robert Edward Martin was arrested on September 2 for failure to maintain sex offender registration requirements and a corresponding warrant for failure to comply as a sex offender.  Martin had previously been convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child and sentenced to 9 years in prison.

In Harris County, Eric Wayne Votaw was arrested on September 1 for violating the terms of his parole.  Votaw was previously convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14 and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

In Harris County, Gerald Brooks was arrested on August 30 for failing to comply with mandated sex offender registration requirements.  Brooks was previously convicted of sexual assault of a child and sentenced to 10 years of probation as well as indecency with a child by contact, and he was sentenced to 3 years in prison.

In Harris County, Darrell Wayne Broussard Jr., a confirmed 44 Acres Homes gang member, was arrested on August 29 on outstanding warrants for unlawful carrying of a weapon with felony conviction and aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.  Broussard also had warrants for two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, fraudulent use of identifying information, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.  The Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force assisted with this arrest.

In Kerr County, May Vang was arrested on August 25 for violating the terms of her parole by failing to self-surrender.  Vang was previously convicted of dangerous drugs and sentenced to an undetermined number of years in prison.

In Llano County, Reyes Garcia, Jr. was arrested on August 24 after violating the terms of his parole by incurring monitor violations.  Garcia was previously convicted for assault of a public servant and sentenced to 5 years of probation.  After his probation was revoked, Garcia was sentenced to 3 years in prison.

In Smith County, Byron Demon Tilley was arrested on September 2 on an outstanding warrant for possession of 500 grams or more of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.  The Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force assisted with the arrest.

In Smith County, Douglas Lashun Pryor was arrested on September 2 on an outstanding warrant for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.  The Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force assisted with the arrest.

In Smith County, David Lloyd Stanley was arrested on August 30 on an outstanding warrant for continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14.  The Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force assisted with the arrest.

In Smith County, Jesus Flores, Jr., a confirmed Texas Syndicate gang member, was arrested on August 25 for violating the terms of his parole by incurring new charges and failing a urinalysis.  Flores also had outstanding warrants for escaping while arrested or confined.  Flores was previously convicted of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and sentenced to 20 years in prison.  The arrest was made after a request for assistance from the Texas Department of Public Safety and with the aid of the Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force.

In Smith County, Molly Leanne Cole was arrested on August 24 on an outstanding warrant for manufacturing/delivering a controlled substance.  The arrest was made after a request for assistance from the Tyler Police Department and with the help of the Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force.

In Tarrant County, David Grant Krug was arrested on September 6 on an outstanding warrant for online solicitation of a minor.

In Wood County, Victor Enrique Garza was arrested on August 25 for violating the terms of his parole by failing a urinalysis.  Garza also had an outstanding warrant for possession of a controlled substance and burglary of a habitation.  Garza was previously convicted of burglary of a habitation and sentenced to 20 years in prison.  This arrest was made after a request for assistance from the Smith County Sherriff’s Office and with the aid of the Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force.

Texas Attorney General’s Units Busy Keeping Texas Safe – Part 1

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CHILD EXPLOITATION UNIT

In Bastrop County, David Michael Vocal was arrested on August 24 for one count of possession of child pornography.  Child Exploitation Unit investigators executed a search warrant at Vocal’s residence, where he was located and arrested. Investigators seized multiple digital media devices to be examined by the Digital Forensics Unit.  Vocal admitted ownership of the accounts and the existence of contraband material on his tablet and cell phone when being interviewed by investigators.  This case was received as a NCMEC CyberTipline report involving the upload of child pornography to a DropBox account.

In Bexar County, Dost Mohammed Mohammed Omar was arrested on September 1 for one count of promotion of child pornography.  Child Exploitation Unit investigators also executed a search warrant at Omar’s residence where numerous electronic devices were seized and will be examined.  The case was received as a NCMEC CyberTipline report.

In Bexar County, Mark Daniel Malow, was arrested on August 31 on one count of possession of child pornography.  Child Exploitation Unit investigators executed a search warrant at Mallow’s residence, where Mallow was located and arrested.  Mallow was interviewed and admitted to sending/receiving images of child pornography using his Snapchat account and also admitted to collecting child pornography for the past three years.  This case was received as a NCMEC CyberTipline report.

In Coryell County, Christopher Mastin was sentenced on September 7 after entering a plea of guilty to ten counts of possession with the intent to promote child pornography. Mastin was sentenced to 20 years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on count 1, and 10 years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on counts 2 through 10. Count 1 and counts 2 through 10 are to run consecutively.  This investigation resulted from a NCEMC CyberTipline referral.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING UNIT

In Bexar County, Lavonte Oneal Parker was served an arrest warrant on one count of human trafficking on September 2, after the case was referred from the Dallas Police Department.  The case involved a minor female who had been trafficked by three different individuals over a 30-day period.  OAG Human Trafficking investigators served the arrest warrant at the Bexar County Jail, where Parker is currently incarcerated on unrelated felony charges.

In Bexar County, Shiron Walter Hughes was arrested on one count of human trafficking on September 1, after the case was referred from the Dallas Police Department.  The case involved a minor female who was transported from San Antonio to Dallas by traffickers. The OAG Fugitive Apprehension Unit executed the arrest.  Bond is currently set for $200,000.

MEDICAID FRAUD CONTROL UNIT

In Dallas County, Slade Christopher Brown was sentenced on August 25 for conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Brown was sentenced to 48 months incarceration, to be followed by three years’ supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $703,942 to Medicaid and $11,170,891 to Medicare.  In November 2018, Brown pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.  This was a joint strike force case to include both the FBI and HHS-OIG and was prosecuted by AUSA Donna Max of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Dallas.

FUGITIVE APPREHENSION UNIT

In Bexar County, John Gamez, a confirmed Mexican Mafia gang member, was arrested on September 7 for a supervised release violation related to being a felon in possession of a firearm.  The United States Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force out of San Antonio assisted with the arrest.

In Bexar County, Jacob Carrizales was arrested on September 6 on an outstanding warrant for violating the terms of his parole.  Carrizales was previously convicted of sexual assault of a child and sentenced to 5 years of probation in 2022.

In Bexar County, Sergio Garcia, a confirmed Oak Cliff Town gang member, was arrested on August 31 for violating the terms of his parole by incurring a misdemeanor assault charge.  Garcia was previously convicted of aggravated robbery, burglary of a habitation, and manufacturing/delivering a controlled substance, and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

In Bexar County, Justin Sayers was arrested on August 31 for an outstanding warrant for a supervised release violation.  Sayers was previously convicted for possession of child pornography and sentenced to 70 months in federal prison and 240 months of supervised release.  The United States Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force out of San Antonio assisted with this arrest.

In Bexar County, Jaclyne Santibanez was arrested on August 25 for violating the terms of her parole by using narcotics and not abiding by residency restrictions.  Santibanez was previously convicted for assault of a family/household member with previous conviction and sentenced to 5 years probation.  Probation was revoked in 2020 and Santibanex was then sentenced to 5 years in prison.

In Brazoria County, Randy Harrod was arrested on August 30 on an outstanding warrant for a supervised release violation relating to conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.  The Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force assisted with this arrest.

In Caldwell County, Arthur Ortiz was arrested on September 7 for violating the terms of his parole by failing to report.  Ortiz was previously convicted for sexual assault of a child and sentenced to 6 years in prison.  Additionally, Ortiz was on parole for two counts of assault of a family or household member with previous conviction and assault family violence with previous conviction.

In Dallas County, Christopher Lawrence Kirbie, a confirmed Aryan Brotherhood gang member, was arrested on August 30 for outstanding warrants for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen firearm, and evading arrest with a motor vehicle.  Kirbie also had outstanding arrests for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and evading arrest.  The Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force, along with the North Texas Fugitive Task Force, Texas Department of Public Safety, and the Dallas Police Department assisted with the arrest.

In Dallas County, Kayla Justil Myers was arrested on August 30 for an outstanding warrant for possession of a stolen firearm and harboring a fugitive from justice.  The Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force along with the North Texas Fugitive Task Force, Texas Department of Public Safety, and the Dallas Police Department assisted with the arrest.

In Dallas County, Johnny Jennings was arrested on August 30 for violating his parole. Jennings was previously convicted of manufacturing/delivering a controlled substance, intoxicated assault, and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.  This arrest was in response to a Crime Stopper referral.

VISA Called Out By District Judge For Aiding PORNHUB To Monetize Child Pornography

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US District Judge Rules VISA Aided Pornhub & Profited From Child Pornography.

US District Judge Rules VISA Aided Pornhub & Profited From Child Porn

“As the court sees it, financially benefitting from the sexual exploitation of minors is the core of this case.” US District Court Judge Cormac Carney

Ironic, isn’t it?  Isn’t Visa the same credit card company that has refused to work with family owned businesses, gun stores and other all-American businesses in the past?  Yep, same company and yet, here they are being called out by a US District Judge for profiting by aiding Pornhub to monetize child porn.

The East Bay Times reports:

Visa Inc. must face claims that it profited from child pornography by processing payments for the parent company of Pornhub, a decision that Visa says raises questions about the liability payments firms could shoulder as they handle billions of transactions.

US District Judge Cormac Carney in California denied parts of Visa’s motion to be dismissed from claims brought by a woman who is suing both the payments giant and MindGeek — the parent company of Pornhub — over a sexually explicit video taken of her when she was 13.

“It is simple,” Carney said in his ruling late Friday.  “Visa made the decision to continue to recognize MindGeek as a merchant, despite its alleged knowledge that MindGeek monetized child porn.  MindGeek made the decision to continue monetizing child porn, and there are enough facts pled to suggest that the latter decision depended on the former.”

Visa said it believes it’s an “improper defendant” in the case.

“Visa condemns sex trafficking, sexual exploitation, and child sexual abuse materials as repugnant to our values and purpose as a company,” the San Francisco-based firm said in an emailed statement.  “This pre-trial ruling is disappointing and mischaracterizes Visa’s role and its policies and practices.  Visa will not tolerate the use of our network for illegal activity.”

The lawsuit is the latest turn in a long-running controversy between Visa and Pornhub. The payments giant and rival Mastercard Inc. both began reviewing their ties to MindGeek after a New York Times column in December 2020 accused Pornhub of distributing videos depicting child abuse and non-consensual violence.

Immediately after the review, Pornhub announced it had removed 80% of its content.
Right, Visa condemns all this sexual exploitation, but has been actively involved in allowing its services to be used for all sorts of pornography.

Today in a major lawsuit VISA was implicated as knowingly complicit in the sex trafficking and monetized child sexual abuse of numerous Pornhub/MindGeek victims.  @Visa #Traffickinghub pic.twitter.com/BGzbUZ7XsZ

— Laila Mickelwait (@LailaMickelwait) June 17, 2021

The New York Post adds information about the victim.

After several weeks, the clip, entitled “13-Year Old Brunette Shows Off For the Camera,” was taken down but reuploaded on other MindGeek sites in 2014, garnering millions of views and earning the company advertising money facilitated by Visa, the victim alleged. The illicit clip was still on the company’s sites as recently as 2020, according to the suit.

The plaintiff fell into a deep depression, tried to kill herself and became a heroin user after her unwanted infamy, she claimed.  Still underage, she began acting in other porn videos produced by an older man to support her habit, the lawsuit said.

The report went on to say:

In his ruling, US District Court Judge Cormac Carney wrote that there was enough evidence to find that Visa engaged in a criminal conspiracy with the online pornographers.

“Here is Visa, standing at and controlling the valve, insisting that it cannot be blamed for the water spill because someone else is wielding the hose,” Carney wrote.

“When MindGeek decides to monetize child porn, and Visa decides to continue to allow its payment network to be used for that goal despite knowledge of MindGeek’s monetization of child porn, it is entirely foreseeable that victims of child porn like Plaintiff will suffer the harms that Plaintiff alleges,” the ruling said.

The Central District of California court also ordered MindGeek to undergo jurisdictional discovery and shine a light on its shadowy operations, which the judge said ensures “a hopeless whack-a-mole situation for victims.”

It also shot down Visa’s argument that it was an innocent third party, saying the credit card company briefly suspended its ties to Pornhub in 2020 amid allegations it housed thousands of illegal videos before joining forces again.

The news came a month after two Pornhub executives resigned amid widening inquiries into purported underage and non-consensual videos on the site.

MindGeek, which is based in Montreal and also owns Brazzers, RedTube and YouPorn, claims to have 115 million daily visitors and 3 billion daily ad impressions.

Pornhub was the ninth most popular webpage in the US last month, according to Semrush, a search engine marketing company.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said it investigated some 5 million suspected child pornography videos in 2021.

OPERATION MAVERICK ROUNDS UP MORE THAN 130 ARRESTS IN OK

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Operation Maverick was a Joint Operation in Oklahoma City, OK.

Oklahoma City police part of joint operation leading to more than 130 arrests

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK  –  Law enforcement arrested more than 130 people as part of an 11-day operation in Oklahoma City.

The operation was organized by Operations North (Hefner and Springlake Crime Units), Operations South (Santa Fe and Southwest Crime Units), Special Operations, the United States Marshals Service, and the ATF.

The purpose of Operation Maverick was to have police work together to make the city safer and impact the violent crime rate by arresting the most violent gang members and criminal offenders victimizing the community.  Operation Maverick focused on fugitive investigations related to violent crime and proactive efforts in areas identified by the crime units.

Warrant arrests included charges such as Murder, Rape, Kidnapping, Armed Robbery, Shooting with Intent to Kill, Shooting into an Occupied Dwelling, Assault and Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Domestic Strangulation, Domestic Assault and Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Drive-By Shooting, Forcible Sodomy, Lewd Acts with a Child, Child Neglect, Burglary 1, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Aggravated DUI, and Aggravated Attempted Eluding.

Proactive efforts led to arrests for charges that include Possession of a Firearm After a Former Conviction of a Felony, Trafficking Cocaine, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Possession of CDS with Intent, Possession of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, and Possession of a Firearm while Intoxicated. Members of several gangs were arrested as part of this operation as well.

During Operation Maverick, there were 134 arrests total, including 102 felony arrests and 32 misdemeanor arrests.

Items seized during the operation include:

  • 47 firearms
  • 3 stolen vehicles
  • 1049 grams of marijuana
  • 67 grams of cocaine
  • 19 grams of meth
  • 23 Ecstasy pills
  • 53 Lortab pills
  • 8 Xanax pills
  • $5,792.00 drug proceeds

CHILDREN WERE FAIR GAME AT THE NH JUVENILE DETENTION CENTER PT-4

The state was supposed to rehabilitate them. Instead, hundreds of children were allegedly abused in N.H.

Updated April 22, 2022

MANCHESTER, NH  –  Jeffrey Buskey, accused by Meehan of repeatedly assaulting him, faces 25 counts of aggravated sexual assault.  Stephen Murphy was working as a clubhouse attendant for the Boston Red Sox in 2019 when he was charged with 26 counts of assault;  though prosecutors later dismissed those charges and brought a new indictment charging Murphy with 15 counts of aggravated sexual assault.  He is currently suspended from the organization pending the outcome of his case, a Red Sox spokeswoman said.

Attorneys for nine of those charged either declined comment or didn’t return messages left by the Globe.  Those representing Murphy and James Woodlock issued statements maintaining their clients’ innocence.  All 11 have pleaded not guilty.

In a statement, New Hampshire’s Department of Justice touted the breadth of its ongoing investigation, citing a growing team of prosecutors and investigators devoted solely to examining abuses at the detention center.

“At this point we expect that the investigation and prosecution of these crimes will continue for years,” said Attorney General John Formella.  “While so many have come forward, the reality is that we do not yet know the full extent of those who may have suffered as residents at YDC, and we may not know for some time.”

Today, though, former residents insist it’s impossible that facility administrators were unaware of the abuse.   Some say they reported it to supervisors during their time at the facility only to be brushed off.  When Meehan eventually went to police in February 2017, he says, the state trooper who arrived to speak with him was a former gym teacher at the detention center.

“One of the first things she said was she’d been waiting for us to come forward,” Meehan told the Globe.

Among those currently facing charges, meanwhile, is Bradley Asbury, who in 1994 was one of three supervisors fired from the Youth Detention Services Unit in Concord, where juveniles were held as their cases were being adjudicated.  In terminating Asbury, the state concluded that he’d demonstrated a “willful misuse” of his supervisory position, according to a defamation lawsuit Asbury later filed.

The following year, however, Asbury successfully appealed his firing and was reinstated, going on to become a union leader and staunch defender of staff accused of abusing residents.

“We don’t have time to abuse them,” he once told the Associated Press.

Just a few years after he was rehired by the state, prosecutors now allege, Asbury held a resident down while another counselor sodomized him.

The settlement plan currently being considered by New Hampshire lawmakers — which would cap payment at $1.5 million for sexual abuse victims and $150,000 for victims of physical assault — has also been a source of contention.  A pair of New Hampshire attorneys representing hundreds of the alleged victims — Rus Rilee and Dave Vicinanzo — say that without some changes, they will advise their clients against signing on.

“The state’s inability to unequivocally apologize for what they did to these kids and do everything they can to make them whole without retraumatizing them is inexcusable,” said Rilee, who along with wife and law partner, Laurie Rilee, has been working on the case since 2018.  “[It’s] unbecoming of the state.”

But money, say the alleged victims of YDC, has never been the point.

Stephen Hayward will be dead, he believes, before he ever sees a dime from the state.  He wants only for the world to know what happened.

Robert Boudreau, for his part, says there’s no amount that could ever make up for what’s been taken from him;  in his mind, justice would be served if he could watch the men who abused him stand before a judge and admit to the things he says they did.

And then there is Cody Belanger.

After emerging from the facility more than a decade ago, Belanger went to college, started a business, got married.  But he never forgot the sexual assault he endured during his brief time at YDC, an incident that left him sobbing on the floor of a facility bathroom.

In 2020, at the age of 25, Belanger was elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives.  Last year, after the passage of a state budget calling for the Sununu Center to shut its doors by next March, he was appointed to a committee tasked with devising a plan for closing the facility and determining how — or whether — to replace it.

Not long after, meanwhile, Belanger crossed paths with the governor at the State House in Concord.  A relatively new legislator, Belanger didn’t know Sununu well.  Still, he felt comfortable enough to levy a request.

When the facility finally comes down, he said, I want to be holding a sledgehammer.