Wednesday, August 10, 2005

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Attorney General Abbott Announces Five-Year Prison Sentence Against Corsicana Child Predator

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today announced a five-year prison sentence against Frank Marion Robinson, Jr., a 41-year-old Corsicana man who was arrested last fall after driving to Granbury to meet a person he thought was a 13-year-old girl for sex.

Robinson pled guilty to criminal solicitation of a minor. He also was fined $2,500 and will be required to register as a sex offender for at least 10 years after his release from prison. The Attorney General’s office prosecuted the case alongside Hood County District Attorney Rob Christian. The case was heard in the 355th Judicial District Court in Granbury.


Frank Robinson

"I am pleased this man is being duly punished for attempting to exploit a child for sex, and I want to thank District Attorney Christian for working with us to put him behind bars,” Attorney General Abbott said. “My Cyber Crimes Unit will continue to pursue these predators, but I hope this case heightens awareness among Texas parents and children. Individuals like this man continue to prowl Internet chat rooms, and we must all remain vigilant to keep our children safe.”

Robinson was arrested on Aug. 5, 2004, after trying to meet what he thought was a young girl he solicited on the Internet. The long-haul truck driver traveled from Chicago to Granbury for the meeting, but when he arrived he discovered the underage “girl” was actually an undercover Cyber Crimes Unit investigator who had been chatting with him online.

Attorney General Abbott’s Cyber Crimes and Fugitives Units have arrested more than 300 sexual predators since he took office in December 2002. The Cyber Crimes Unit, which targets online predators, has made 62 arrests to date. The Fugitive Unit, which locates convicted child sex offenders who have violated parole and could be stalking children, has arrested 215. In addition, the Fugitive Unit has arrested 26 unregistered sex offenders as part of Operation Missing Predator, a statewide initiative launched in April to locate and arrest convicted sex offenders who are not registered with local law enforcement.

To find out more about Attorney General Abbott’s efforts to crack down on sexual predators, visit the Attorney General’s Web site at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov or call (800) 252-8011.