THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS
Ken Paxton

Friday, November 4, 2005

Attorney General Abbott's Cyber Crimes Unit Arrests Fredericksburg Online Child Predator

FREDERICKSBURG Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Cyber Crimes Unit has arrested a Fredericksburg man who used the Internet to solicit someone he thought was a child for sex. Robert Lee Morris, 23, was arrested at a fast food restaurant in Fredericksburg when he showed up to meet the person he solicited, who was actually an undercover Cyber Crimes investigator.



This arrest shows that child predators are always lurking in chat rooms, waiting to strike up dangerous conversations that can lead to the victimization of Texas children, Attorney General Abbott said. Our Cyber Crimes Unit investigators are committed to tracking down these predators and putting them behind bars.

Morris, who is employed at a Fredericksburg bakery, allegedly arranged the meeting through an online chat room. He was arrested on Nov. 2 for online solicitation of a minor. He is in Gillespie County Jail on $50,000 bond.

Cracking down on sexual predators is a top priority of Attorney General Abbott’s administration. His Cyber Crimes and Fugitive units have arrested more than 350 sexual predators since he took office in December 2002. The Fugitive Unit, which locates convicted child sex offenders who have violated the terms of their parole and could be stalking children, has arrested 250 of these parolees. The Cyber Crimes Unit has made 68 arrests to date. 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.