Thursday, October 6, 2005

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Attorney General Abbott's Cyber Crimes Unit Arrests College Professor For Online Sex Solicitation

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Cyber Crimes Unit arrested a University of Texas-Pan American associate professor on Wednesday for online solicitation of a teenaged girl. Investigators arrested Raymond M. Landry, Jr., of Edinburg on the second-degree felony while he waited at a McAllen bus station for what he thought was a 13-year-old girl to arrive on a bus from Austin.

This is the first Cyber Crimes Unit arrest in which a predator arranged for the potential victim to travel to him. The McAllen Police Department assisted in the investigation and arrest.

Cyber Arrest

Raymond M. Landry
Video of Arrest
Video of Arrest

“Child predators will go to almost any length to meet young girls for sex, even luring victims to come to them,” Attorney General Abbott said. “Our Cyber Crimes Unit investigators have proven time and time again that we will stop at nothing to track down and arrest these predators. I thank the McAllen Police Department for assisting us in bringing this man to justice.”

In June, Landry, 52, began chatting online with a Cyber Crimes investigator who was posing as a 13-year-old female in the Austin area. After proposing a meeting for sex, he purchased a bus ticket for the “girl” to meet him in McAllen. Investigators subsequently arrested Landry, who teaches accounting and business law part-time at the University of Texas-Pan American, while he waited for the bus to arrive in McAllen.

Cracking down on sexual predators is a top priority of Attorney General Abbott’s administration. His Cyber Crimes and Fugitive units have arrested 330 sexual predators since he took office in December 2002. The Cyber Crimes Unit has made 66 arrests to date. The Fugitive Unit, which locates convicted child sex offenders who have violated the terms of their parole and could be stalking children, has arrested 228. In addition, the Fugitive Unit has arrested 36 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 in compliance with sex offender registration requirements.

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.