Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive


Wednesday, January 24, 2001

INTERNET BUREAU, APD ARREST NORTH TEXAS MAN

Grand Prairie Teacher Charged with Criminal Solicitation of a Minor

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General (AG) John Cornyn and Travis County District Attorney Ronald Earle today announced the arrest of a Grand Prairie public school teacher who had checked into a local motel and is accused of soliciting a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old female.

The Austin Police Department assisted the AG's Internet Bureau today in the arrest of Jesus M. Pizarro-Delgado, 32, of Arlington. He was booked into the Travis County jail and charged with criminal solicitation of a minor, a third-degree felony. Investigators also seized items found in the motel room, including packaged condoms, body lotion and pornographic materials.

"Cyber criminals who prey on the most innocent of citizens - our children - will learn the hard way that their actions will be prosecuted as fully as possible," said Attorney General Cornyn. "The Internet Bureau stands ready to assist prosecutors and law enforcement agencies statewide in making examples of these individuals, and hopefully, eradicating these types of crimes that taint the Internet."

Travis County District Attorney Earle agreed, saying "This is the kind of cooperation that is going to be increasingly necessary if we are going to adequately protect our children."

Internet Bureau investigators made several online contacts with the suspect leading up to the arrest. The complaint filed today alleges Pizarro-Delgado exchanged several explicit e-mail messages in "private" Internet chat rooms with an investigator posing as a minor, including enticing the minor to meet him today at the motel. The investigation alleges that the teacher used the name Jess Manuel.

When investigators made private contact online with the suspect, the conversation allegedly became overtly sexual in nature, even though the female noted at the outset that she was only 14. An undercover AG investigator made a subsequent phone call to the suspect, at his request, to confirm their meeting this morning in Austin.

The offense is a third-degree felony, with a range of punishment from two to 10 years. These are allegations brought against Pizarro-Delgado. All criminal defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Those also assisting in this case included attorney Dayna Blazey of Travis County District Attorney's Office (512/834-4740) and the county's Child Protective Team, which includes the sheriff's office, Austin Police Department and other agencies. Also, the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in Dallas assisted with a search of the subject's apartment in Arlington.

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Contact Mark Heckmann, Tom Kelley or Jane Dees at (512) 463-2050.
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