THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS
Ken Paxton

OAG’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests Cranfills Gap Man for Possession of Child Pornography

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 – Austin

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested Michael Scott Chastain, 54, of Cranfills Gap, yesterday. Chastain is charged with two counts of Possession of Child Pornography, a third-degree felony, and could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

The Clifton Police Department requested assistance from the CEU concerning allegations that Chastain used Clifton public library computers to view child pornography. Investigators searched the computer Chastain regularly utilized and recovered items of evidentiary value. At the time of arrest, the suspect was already being held at the Bosque County Jail on unrelated charges.

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