Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive

Thursday, Aug. 15, 2002

TEXAS INTERNET BUREAU INVESTIGATION NETS MULTI-COUNT INDICTMENTS ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

Two Navarro County Men Indicted for Sexual Abuse of Children

AUSTIN - An investigation launched by the Attorney General's Texas Internet Bureau last year has resulted in the indictments today of two Navarro County men on 65 counts of sexual abuse, child sexual abuse and online child pornography charges - including aggravated sexual assault, indecency with a child, and promotion and possession of child pornography.

The investigation, conducted with the assistance of the Navarro County Sheriff's Office and the Navarro County District Attorney's Office, began after officials at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children alerted the Office of the Attorney General to instances of child pornography on a Yahoo Club Internet website. The ensuing investigation resulted in the recovery of strong evidence of repeated sexual abuse of children.

"This was one of the most horrible cases I have ever seen," said Attorney General John Cornyn. "I am thankful our state and county investigators were able to complete the investigation thoroughly and expeditiously. I sincerely hope that justice will be served as swiftly."

Named in the indictments are Timothy Allan Clanton, 35, and Raymond Monroe Ames, Jr., 43, both of Navarro County. Clanton and Ames were charged with multiple counts of aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, indecency with a child, sexual performance of a child, promotion of child pornography, and possession of child pornography. In addition, Ames is a registered sex offender with a prior felony conviction for first degree sexual abuse in New York state. Three boys, all of whom are juveniles, and one severely disabled adult male were allegedly victimized by the two men.

All criminal defendants are presumed innocent, and the state of Texas will bear the burden of proving the allegations in the indictments beyond a reasonable doubt.

Attorney General Cornyn founded the Texas Internet Bureau nearly two years ago to address online child pornography, consumer fraud, privacy concerns, hacking and other computer-related crimes. Texas Internet Bureau investigators and attorneys investigate and prosecute crimes. The group has successfully convicted eight people on child pornography offenses and has a number of investigations in the works.

The Internet Bureau also encourages members of the public to report any site(s) or e-mails that appear to be related to child pornography. This information may be reported on our Child Pornography Complaint Form at www.texasinternetbureau.com/internet/inb_complain_child.html.

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