Tuesday, August 15, 2006

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Attorney General Abbott Obtains Indictments Against Two Houston Area Men For Child Sex Crimes

HOUSTON – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and Fort Bend County District Attorney John F. Healey, Jr. obtained indictments Monday against Christopher R. Kronshagen, 37, of Conroe, and Weston Lee Starks, 24, of Houston on one count each of attempted aggravated sexual assault of a child, attempted sexual performance by a child and criminal solicitation of a minor.

The two men allegedly used the Internet to sexually proposition undercover Cyber Crimes Unit investigators who had assumed the identities of underage females. If convicted, Kronshagen and Starks each face two to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

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Christopher Kronshagen
Christopher Kronshagen
Weston Lee Starks
Weston Lee Starks
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Video of Stark's May 11, 2006, arrest

“National statistics released last week show that one of every seven children will receive a sexual solicitation while online,” said Attorney General Abbott. “Such acts against children cannot and will not be tolerated. I especially appreciate the outstanding cooperation between our Cyber Crimes Unit and the Sugar Land Police Department in these two cases.”

Kronshagen was arrested May 26 when he showed up at a Sugar Land gas station for the alleged sexual encounter. He was employed as a financial advisor for an investment corporation at the time of the arrest.

Starks was also surprised to find Cyber Crimes Unit investigators waiting to arrest him on May 11 when he showed up at a Sugar Land apartment for the meeting he had allegedly arranged for sex.

Attorney General Abbott has made pursuing sexual predators a top priority of 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 485 arrests of such offenders since Abbott took office in December 2002. His office also has obtained convictions against 47 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.