Category Archives: NCMEC

TX AG CEU Stops 3 More

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CEU investigators arrested 3 TX men for Child Pornography.

OAG’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests 3 Men
for Possession of Child Pornography

AUSTIN, TX  –  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested three men this week on charges of Possession of Child Pornography, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison per charge.

On November 28, CEU investigators arrested 34-year-old Clifton Wayne Cisco of Princeton following National Center for Missing and Exploited Children® (NCMEC) CyberTipline report.  He was charged with two counts of Possession of Child Pornography.

On November 29, CEU investigators arrested 29-year-old Darrin Dustin Maxwell of Silsbee after the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) suspected him of uploading child pornography to an online photo storage account.  In addition to facing two counts of Possession of Child Pornography, Maxwell was also charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance by HCSO investigators.

On November 30, CEU investigators arrested 21-year-old Colton Keith Lebouff of Bridge City on four counts of Possession of Child Pornography.  During a search of his home, several digital storage devices were seized by the authorities and will be examined by the Digital Forensics Unit of the attorney general’s office.  Lebouff admitted to possessing child pornography.

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

The CEU proactively seeks out and arrests predators who commit crimes against children using technology and online sources.

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

If you suspect someone of producing or downloading child pornography you can report it to NCMEC.

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

TX AG CEU RoundsUp Brady Purveyor Of Child Porn

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David Ray Gardner, 57, of Brady

OAG’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests
McCulloch County Man for Possession of
Child Pornography

AUSTIN, TX  –  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested 57-year-old David Ray Gardner, of Brady, last week on two counts of Possession of Child Pornography, a third-degree felony.  Gardner could face up to 10 years in prison per charge if convicted.

Following a CyberTipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children® (NCMEC), CEU investigators executed a search warrant at Gardner’s residence where digital storage devices were seized that will be examined by the attorney general’s Digital Forensics Unit.

During an interview, Gardner admitted to operating and storing child pornography on the account reported to NCMEC.  Gardner was subsequently arrested and transported to the McCulloch County Jail.

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

The CEU proactively seeks out and arrests predators who commit crimes against children using technology and online sources.

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

If you suspect someone of producing or downloading child pornography you can report it to NCMEC.

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

TX Law Enforcement – Bravery, Valor and Strength

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Our Law Enforcement Officers do a whole lot of things that no one ever mentions, and many are Veterans of Our Military.

AG Paxton’s Criminal Investigations
Division Reaches New Milestones

AUSTIN, TX  –  Attorney General Ken Paxton congratulates the Criminal Investigations Division of his office for reaching two huge milestones since its inception in 2003.

On September 27, the division marked its 10,000th arrest with the capture of Jordan Adam Lafleur, who was wanted for aggravated sexual assault of a child.  Twenty-seven of the 10,000 arrests involved the capture of outlaws on the Texas Department of Public Safety’s 10 Most Wanted list.

On October 3, investigators from the division’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit made their 9,000th arrest, apprehending Armando Ramos, a convicted child predator wanted for violating parole.

“These monumental milestones are a testament to the hard work and dedication of our Criminal Investigations Division’s brave law enforcement officers, who don’t always get the public recognition they so richly deserve,” Attorney General Paxton said.  “Their bravery, valor and strength remind us of the dangers many of them face every day – dangers they confront without hesitation.  I am proud of the job they do to keep Texas stronger, safer and just.”

The Fugitive Apprehension Unit’s mission is to locate and arrest convicted child sex offenders who violate conditions of their parole and to arrest sex offenders who fail to comply with the state’s mandated sex offender registration requirements.  It also assists the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in locating missing and endangered runaways.

To learn more about the Criminal Investigations Division and its efforts to keep Texans safe, visit the attorney general’s website at https://texasattorneygeneral.gov/cj/criminal-investigations

For more information about protecting your children online visit https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/cj/cyber-safety

Only Two Sides In This War Being Waged Against Our Children

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“Child Sex Trafficking is happening in every community across America.”

FBI:  Child Sex Trafficking operations
conducted in Myrtle Beach, Lumberton

Conway, SC  –  Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Lumberton, North Carolina, were both sites of operations conducted last week as part of a cross-country Federal Bureau of Investigation effort to crack down on underage human trafficking, according to a news release.

The operation, Operation Cross Country XI, resulted in the recovery of 84 minors and the arrest of 120 traffickers from Oct. 12 through Oct. 15, the release from the FBI said.

The youngest victim recovered was 3 months old, and the average age of the recovered victims was 15 years old, the release said.

In one example, on Oct. 13, FBI Denver found two minor girls, one 3-months-old and one 5-years-old, after a friend of the children’s family offered an undercover officer “access to the two children for sexual purposes in exchange for $600,” the release said.

“We at the FBI have no greater mission than to protect our nation’s children from harm.  Unfortunately, the number of traffickers arrested—and the number of children recovered—reinforces why we need to continue to do this important work,” said FBI Director Christopher Wray in the release.  “This operation isn’t just about taking traffickers off the street.  It’s about making sure we offer help and a way out to these young victims who find themselves caught in a vicious cycle of abuse.”

FBI agents and task force officers staged operations in hotels, casinos, and truck stops, as well as on street corners and internet websites.  The operations in the Carolinas happened in Myrtle Beach and Columbia in South Carolina, and Charlotte, Raleigh, Fayetteville, and Lumberton in North Carolina, according to the FBI.

“Child sex trafficking is happening in every community across America,” said National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® President and CEO John Clark, which partnered with the FBI for the operation.  “We’re proud to work with the FBI on Operation Cross Country to help find and recover child victims.  We hope OCC generates more awareness about this crisis impacting our nation’s children.”

This is the 11th iteration of the FBI-led Operation Cross Country (OCC), which took place this year in 55 FBI field offices and involved 78 state and local task forces, consisting of hundreds of law enforcement partners.  This year’s coordinated operations took place with several international partners, including Canada (Operation Northern Spotlight), the United Kingdom (Aident 8), Thailand, Cambodia, and the Philippines.

Operation Cross Country XI is part of the FBI’s Innocence Lost National Initiative, which began in 2003 and has yielded more than 6,500 child identifications and locations.   For additional information on Operation Cross Country XI and the Innocence Lost initiative, please visit www.fbi.gov.

REPORT IT!!!!

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1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678)
If you think you have seen a missing child, contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.

Report Child Sexual Exploitation
Use the CyberTipline to report child sexual exploitation.

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TX Attorney General CEU Stops Rice Child Pornographer

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Michael Allen Carter, 29, of Rice Texas.

OAG’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests Navarro County Man for Possession of
Child Pornography

AUSTIN, TX  –  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced today that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested 29-year-old Michael Allen Carter, of Rice, on five counts of Possession of Child Pornography, a third-degree felony.  Carter could face up to 10 years in prison per charge if convicted.

Following a CyberTipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children® (NCMEC), CEU investigators executed a search warrant at Carter’s residence, where child pornography was found on a digital storage device.

Investigators seized additional digital storage devices that will be examined by the attorney general’s Digital Forensics Unit.

During an interview, Carter admitted to operating the account reported to NCMEC, but declined to answer any additional questions.

Carter was transported to Navarro County Sheriff’s Office, and appeared before a magistrate.

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

The CEU proactively seeks out and arrests predators who commit crimes against children using technology and online sources.

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

If you suspect someone of producing or downloading child pornography you can report it to NCMEC.

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