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Don’t Victimize Children In Texas

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Kedrick Nelms, 28, was sentenced to 40 years in prison for sex trafficking a 14-year-old girl.

AG Paxton’s Office, Travis County DA
Margaret Moore Obtain Conviction
in Child Sex Trafficking Case

AUSTIN, TX  –  Resulting from a joint effort by his office, the Travis County District Attorney’s office, and the Texas Department of Public Safety, Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that a Travis County District Court sentenced Kedrick Nelms, 28, to 40 years in prison for sex trafficking a 14-year-old girl.

On June 20, a Travis County jury found Nelms guilty of trafficking of persons and of compelling prostitution of a minor, both first-degree felonies.  Nelms opted to have the judge determine his punishment.

The attorney general’s Human Trafficking and Transnational/Organized Crime section, led by Deputy Criminal Chief Kirsta Melton and Assistant Attorney General Melissa Holman, assisted the prosecution of the case at the invitation of Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore.  They were joined at the trial by Travis County Assistant District Attorney Josh Reno.

The Texas Department of Public Safety conducted the investigation that led to the successful prosecution of Nelms.

“As a result of this successful, first-of-its-kind partnership between my office, the Travis County District Attorney’s office and the Texas Department of Public Safety, a dangerous and despicable human trafficker has been brought to justice,” Attorney General Paxton said.  “I’m grateful to the prosecutors and our law enforcement partners for their tireless work on this collaborative effort.  My office will continue to work to protect victims from sex trafficking and prosecute those who profit from the exploitation of human beings.”

Travis County District Attorney Moore said: “I commend the attorney general and his assistants for this outstanding prosecution.  I am proud to have partnered in this exemplary collaboration.”

Nelms used a social media app called Tagged to lure his underage victim into a relationship, then introduced her to his girlfriend, Kirsten Violette, who conspired with Nelms to traffick the girl for prostitution in Dallas, Austin and San Antonio in June 2016.

It took a jury one hour to return guilty verdicts on both charges against Nelms.

Separately, Violette pleaded guilty this week to trafficking of persons and faces a punishment hearing in August.

Attorney General Paxton has made combating human trafficking a top priority.  Two years ago, he launched his office’s Human Trafficking and Transnational/Organized Crime section, which prosecutes human traffickers across the state.

In April, the section’s prosecution of Backpage.com resulted in the company pleading guilty to human trafficking in Texas and its CEO, Carl Ferrer, pleading guilty to money laundering.

The attorney general’s office also assisted the U.S. Department of Justice with permanently shutting down the website, which was considered the largest online sex trafficking marketplace in the world.

Earlier this year, Attorney General Paxton unveiled a powerful training video to teach Texans how to spot and report suspected human trafficking activity.

Be the One in the Fight Against Human Trafficking” is available for viewing online at https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/human-trafficking

Child Porn Sting Nets 660 Felony Charges

Disney, Legoland employees arrested in
Child Porn sting

TAMPA, FL  –  Florida detectives arrested 10 men, one a project manager at Walt Disney World, and a 16-year-old boy as part of an undercover child pornography investigation.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday the arrests were made in connection with possession, promotion and distribution of child porn.

The suspects face at least 660 felony charges, according to the sheriff’s office.
“Most of the images we saw during this investigation depicted children being sexually battered, that we have seen before — which means we haven’t yet identified any local child victims, but as always, that is also a part of our investigation,” Sheriff Grady Judd said in a news release.

Here’s a look at the 11 arrested:

One of the men arrested, Roger Catey, worked as a project manager at Walt Disney World.  A spokesperson from Disney World said that Catey was employed there until Monday, but wasn’t able to confirm if he was fired.  Catey, 53, is charged with 24 counts of possession of child pornography and two counts of promotion of sexual performance by a child.

Another man arrested, Rickie Vargas-Garcia, told investigators he’s a builder for Merlin Entertainment’s Legoland.  Vargas-Garcia, 30, is charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography.

Edward Zabrowski III, 48, is charged with 64 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of the promotion of sexual performance by a child.

Richard Cousins, 64, is charged with 164 counts of possession of child pornography and three counts of promotion of sexual performance by a child.

Bruce Nopper, 51, is charged with 12 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of promotion of sexual performance by a child.

Don Carrier, 84, is charged with 200 counts of possession of child pornography.

Matthew Sentz, 35, is charged with 100 counts of possession of child pornography.

Jarrod Whitting, 24, is charged with 14 counts of possession of child pornography.

Alejandro Baltzar II, 20, is charged with 55 counts of possession of child pornography.

Donald Marich, 69, is charged with 16 counts of possession of child pornography and three counts of promotion of sexual performance by a child.

The 16-year-old boy arrested is charged with 12 counts of possession of child pornography.

Marietta GA Man Asks To Buy Child From Grandmother

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Einodd Samimi, of Marietta Georgia.

He followed her from Walmart to Kroger,
offering to buy her granddaughter,
GA cops say

A strange man kept following a woman and her granddaughter as they shopped in Cobb County, Georgia — and police say she soon realized the man wasn’t there just to buy merchandise.

Police say the woman and her granddaughter were shopping at a Kroger grocery store on Roswell Road on Monday night when Einodd Samimi, of Marietta, began making “inappropriate comments” and following them around the store, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

According to police, Samimi commented about “how pretty the child’s hair was” and at one point offered to buy the 7-year-old for $200, WXIA reported.

The woman told police it was the second time he’d allegedly offered to purchase the child that day, according to the Marietta Daily Journal.  The grandma told police the same man had offered her $100 to “have” the little girl earlier that same night in a Walmart, the paper reported.

How Can This Draw Only 25 Years?

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Octavious Therion Wright, 24

Man convicted of repeatedly raping
6-year-old

April 20, 2018
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC)  –  A 24-year-old will spend at least 25 years behind bars for raping a young girl in South Memphis.

A jury convicted Octavious Therion Wright of raping a 6-year-old in June 2014.  He continued to abuse the child through December 2015.

Teachers at the girl’s school noticed she was in pain.  They spoke up and investigators later determined she was being abused.

Wright has not yet been sentenced in this case.  However, the felony carries a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison without the possibility of parole.

Wright also has a second child rape case pending.

TX AG CEU Stops Waco Pervert

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Matthew Richard Hightower, 26, of Waco Texas.

AG Paxton’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests McLennan County Man for Possession of Lewd Images of a Child

AUSTIN, TX  –  Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested Matthew Richard Hightower of Waco on five counts of possession of lewd visual material depicting a child.

If convicted, the 26-year-old could face up to 10 years in a state jail facility.

Hightower was arrested after an investigation found videos involving child exploitation were shared from a device with an IP address connected to his home.  A search turned up lewd videos of children on a digital storage device, and several devices were seized for examination by the attorney general’s Digital Forensics Unit.

Hightower was taken to the McLennan 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 is 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/