Thursday, March 9, 2006
Attorney General Abbott's Cyber Crimes Unit Extradites Houston-Area Man After Child Porn IndictmentsHOUSTON Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Cyber Crimes Unit investigators took custody of a U.S. Army private at Muscogee County Jail in Georgia Wednesday after a Harris County grand jury indicted him on one count of child pornography possession.
Ronald Wayne McAllister, 36, of LaPorte was booked into the Harris County Jail after he waived extradition to face prosecution by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office for possessing hundreds of images of children engaged in sexual conduct.
We must remain vigilant in protecting our children from online predators, Attorney General Abbott said. I appreciate the work of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office and Georgia authorities in extending our reach beyond Texas’ borders to hold this man accountable.
Cyber Crimes investigators executed a search warrant at McAllister’s Houston-area home in June 2005 after a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children indicated he was sending e-mail containing sexually explicit images of children. Forensic analysis of computers and external media confiscated from McAllister’s home revealed images of child pornography.
At the time of extradition, McAllister was enlisted in the U.S. Army and stationed at Fort Benning, Ga. for infantry training. He was not enlisted at the time of the offense.
Possession of child pornography is a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Attorney General Abbott has made pursuing sexual predators a top priority in his administration. The Cyber Crimes Unit, which targets online predators, and the Fugitive Unit, which locates convicted child sex offenders who have violated the terms of their parole and could be stalking children, have combined for over 400 arrests of such offenders since Abbott took office in December 2002. 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.