Friday, September 19, 2003

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Attorney General Abbott's Cyber Crimes Prosecutors Get Two More Child Predator Indictments

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's Cyber Crimes prosecutors obtained two separate indictments in Bell and Bastrop counties this week against men arrested in July and September when they allegedly attempted to meet children for sex.


(Duenas, Westbrook)

Bill James Duenas, 32, of Killeen was indicted today in Bell County on one count of criminal solicitation of a minor and one count of attempted aggravated sexual assault of a child, both second-degree felonies. He was arrested on July 8 by Cyber Crimes officers as he traveled from Bell to Hays County to meet a 13-year-old girl.

Donald Lee Westbrook, 21, of Austin, was indicted in Bastrop County on one count of attempted sexual performance by a child (third-degree felony). He was arrested Sept. 5 in Bastrop.

Today's grand jury announcements bring to 15 the total number of men indicted since officers with Attorney General Abbott's Cyber Crimes Unit began arresting suspects who drove from various locations - some as far away as Houston - to meet what they thought would be 13-year-old children. The "children" turned out to be cyber investigators conversing in Internet chat rooms.

Each of the 15 defendants indicted thus far allegedly offered to drive to a predetermined location along I-35 in Hays County, Texas Highway 71 in Bastrop or Boerne in Kendall County to meet the children.

In Hays County, six men were indicted in early August and three in early September. One defendant was indicted in Travis County in September. (See news releases dated Sept. 9 and August 7.) Two others were indicted in Lampasas and Kendall counties, while another has been federally indicted.

The Cyber Crimes Unit is funded by a grant from Gov. Rick Perry's Criminal Justice Division.