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OAG’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests Williamson County Man for Possession of Child Pornography
Friday, April 21, 2017 – Austin

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that earlier this week the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested 26-year-old Joshua Carl Wulff, of Leander, on four counts of Possession of Child Pornography, a third-degree felony. Wulff could face up to 10 years in prison per charge if convicted.

AG’s Office Issues Statement on Redistricting Decision
Thursday, April 20, 2017 – Austin

“We respectfully disagree with the redistricting panel’s 2-1 decision. As Fifth Circuit Judge Jerry Smith observed in his dissent, the challenge to the old 2011 maps are not only moot but ‘a finding that racial considerations were dominant and controlling defies everything about this record.’ Accordingly, we are confident we will ultimately prevail in this case.”

AG Paxton Leads 11-State Coalition to Defend the First Amendment on Climate Change Policy Debate
Thursday, April 20, 2017 – Austin

“The Constitution was written to protect citizens from government witch-hunts such as this one, where officials use their authority and the threat of criminal prosecution to try and suppress speech on a viewpoint they disagree with,” Attorney General Paxton said.

OAG’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests Bastrop County Man for Possession of Child Pornography
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 – Austin

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced today that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested 40-year-old Jason Matthew Pertolanitz, of Cedar Creek, on one count of Possession of Child Pornography, a third-degree felony. Pertolanitz could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

AG Paxton Defends President Trump’s “1-in-2-out” Order
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 – Austin

“The president’s executive order is an important step towards rolling back years of unnecessary and costly regulations that far exceed congressional intent,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Overregulation has harmed economic growth and job creation. The ‘1-in-2-out’ order will help restore regulatory authority to Texas and other states on important matters of local concern.”

AG Paxton Releases Statement on the Passing of David Mattax
Thursday, April 13, 2017 – Austin

“I am saddened to hear of the passing of a great servant of the State of Texas, David Mattax. David valiantly served this state in numerous capacities, including 23 years at the Office of the Attorney General. He made everywhere he worked a better place and impacted the lives of the people with whom he worked. Angela and I extend our prayers and sympathy to David's family, his friends and co-workers. He will be missed.”

AG Paxton: $1.17 Million Collected in Back Child Support through Program Tied to Vehicle Registrations
Monday, April 10, 2017 – Austin

“This program is proving to be an effective tool in convincing delinquent parents to fulfill their most important obligation – providing for their children,” said Attorney General Paxton. “As soon as a payment is arranged, the hold on an auto registration renewal is released. The aim of the program is to obtain compliance with court orders to provide support for children, not to punish parents or deny them their livelihood.”

AG Paxton Leads 15-State Coalition in Support of Revised Immigration Order
Monday, April 10, 2017 – Austin

“The president’s revised immigration order is constitutional, lawful, addresses the 9th Circuit’s concerns and is a vital step in securing our borders,” Attorney General Paxton said. “A temporary pause in the national refugee program will give the government time to review and determine how we can improve the screening process for foreign nationals seeking to enter the U.S. from six countries designated as ‘countries of concern.’ President Trump’s revised immigration order is necessary to protect the homeland from those who wish us harm.”

OAG Joins Forces with Local Law Enforcement Agencies to Combat Online Solicitation of Minors in Johnson County
Monday, April 10, 2017 – Austin

In a crackdown on child predators, the Texas attorney general’s Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) conducted a joint operation with several law enforcement agencies last week, arresting five north Texas men for Online Solicitation of a Minor, a second-degree felony. The collaboration by authorities included the Texas Attorney General’s CEU, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Johnson County STOP Task Force, Cleburne Police Department, Burleson Police Department and Keene Police Department.

AG Paxton: Suspension of BLM Red River Surveys is a Win for Texas
Friday, April 7, 2017 – Austin

“This latest action by the Trump administration protects the property rights of Texans as defined by the U.S. Supreme Court and prevents the federal government from infringing upon Texas’ sovereign borders,” Attorney General Paxton said. “It was our contention all along that the BLM’s surveys were conducted improperly and unlawfully. We will vigilantly defend Texas’ border from federal overreach.”

AG Paxton Files Amicus Brief to Protect Pregnancy Center’s Free Speech
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 – Austin

“The Constitution protects the rights of the center’s staff from having to post signs or otherwise convey a message contrary to their deeply held religious beliefs,” Attorney General Paxton said. “A city can say whatever it wants to about abortion, but it can’t be allowed to use the law to silence religious beliefs.”

Gov. Abbott and AG Paxton Call for Prompt Congressional Passage of the Free Speech Fairness Act
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 – Austin

“Since the Johnson Amendment, however, churches have been kept on the sidelines of political debate,” Attorney General Paxton and Gov. Abbott wrote. “The Free Speech Fairness Act will ensure that churches may once again freely participate in government.”

AG Paxton Releases Statement After Tragic Loss of Deputy Constable
Monday, April 3, 2017 – Austin

“The thoughts and prayers of all Texans are with the family of Deputy Constable Clint Greenwood, who has died from a gunshot wound in Harris County. My office stands ready to assist in any way possible. This is a reminder to pray for and support all law enforcement officials in our state, especially at this time of grief.”

AG Paxton Honors National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
Monday, April 3, 2017 – Austin

“This week, we pay special honor to crime victim survivors, advocates and all those who work diligently to empower victims,” Attorney General Paxton said. “While no amount of money can completely erase a crime victim’s pain, my office remains committed to doing all it can to provide peace of mind for Texans who face often enormous emotional, physical and financial obstacles as they attempt to rebuild their lives.”