Wednesday, August 30, 2006

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Attorney General Abbott Hails Five Year Prison Sentence Against Port Lavaca Man In Cyber Crimes Case

AUSTIN Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced his Cyber Crimes Unit prosecutors obtained a 60-month federal prison sentence in U.S. District Court Monday against Larry Winston Dodd, 64, of Port Lavaca, for possession of child pornography.

"Images of child pornography reflect the sexual exploitation and abuse of a minor, and those who stockpile such images must be discouraged," Attorney General Abbott said. "I am pleased this man received a tough sentence and commend our Cyber Crimes Unit investigators and prosecutors for their efforts to hold this man accountable. I also appreciate our partnership with local law enforcement officials and U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton in this case.

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In 2004, Cyber Crimes Unit investigators were assisted by the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office in conducting a search of Dodd’s Port Lavaca residence. A forensic analysis of his computer revealed lewd images of young children.

Dodd was arrested by Cyber Crimes Unit investigators on March 3, 2004 and pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography on May 26, 2006. He will serve out his sentence in a facility to be determined by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

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 nearly 500 arrests of such offenders since Abbott took office in December 2002. His office also has obtained convictions against 49 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.