Monday, February 27, 2006
Attorney General Abbott's Investigators Arrest Waco Student Following Child Porn IndictmentsWACO – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s criminal investigators arrested college student Osbaldo Lopez, 27, at a campus in Waco on Friday after a McLennan County grand jury indicted him on three counts of possession of child pornography.
“Parents can be assured that the Texas law enforcement community is committed to stopping the exploitation of children by finding these offenders no matter where they are,” Attorney General Abbott said. “I thank McLennan County Criminal District Attorney John W. Segrest for his work in obtaining these indictments.”
Video of Osbaldo Lopez's arrest
Attorney General Abbott’s Cyber Crimes Unit officers executed a search warrant at Lopez’s campus residence in Waco following a tip by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that he was posting sexually explicit images of children on the Internet. Forensic analysis of his computer turned up several images of child pornography.
At the time of his arrest, Lopez was enrolled in the Computer Maintenance Technology program at Texas State Technical College Waco. He is being held in lieu of $10,000 bond. The McLennan County District Attorney’s Office is prosecuting the case.
Possession of child pornography is a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Attorney General Abbott has made pursuing sexual predators a top priority in his administration. The Cyber Crimes Unit, which targets online predators, has made 74 arrests since Abbott 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 more than 260 such offenders. His office also has obtained convictions against 38 men on child pornography charges.
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.