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Friday, October 19, 2001

CORNYN GETS CHILD PORN INDICTMENT AGAINST FORMER POLICE OFFICER

Grand Jury Returns 46 Counts Against Former Rosenberg Officer

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn Texas Internet Bureau, together with the Fort Bend County district attorney, obtained a 46-count grand jury indictment against a former Rosenberg police department officer, charging him with possession of several images of child pornography.

In addition to 43 counts of possession of child pornography, Gary Stone, 53, was charged with three counts of attempted distribution of harmful material to a minor, a misdemeanor. Stone voluntarily surrendered to local law enforcement officials and was booked into the Fort Bend County jail. Internet Bureau officials assisted Fort Bend County District Attorney John F. Healey Jr.

"The evil business of child pornography is now much more extensive and accessible than years ago, when it was more of a seedy underground phenomenon," said Attorney General Cornyn. "Technology and the Internet have made the exploitation of children more widespread, which gives crime fighters even more resolve to punish those who would engage in this most abominable activity."

Fort Bend District Attorney Healey added, "Let no one claim that this is a reflection of the department for which Mr. Stone worked. The Rosenberg Police Department performs a public service of the highest integrity and the chief runs a well trained, well disciplined group. My support for this department is unwavering."

Internet Bureau investigators and the Texas Department of Public Safety obtained a warrant and searched Stone's residence last June, seizing a computer and related equipment he allegedly used to access child pornography.

A detailed forensics review of this evidence by Internet Bureau and DPS technical experts yielded the graphic evidence necessary to charge Stone. The offense of possession of child pornography is a third-degree felony, with a range of punishment of from two to 10 years.

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