THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS
Ken Paxton

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Oklahoma Child Predator Caught By Cyber Crimes Unit Receives Four-Year Prison Sentence

HOUSTON An Oklahoma child predator who crossed state lines to sexually assault an underage teen he met online was prosecuted today by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Cyber Crimes Unit and sentenced to four years in a Texas state prison facility.

Calvin Hoddy Hannah, Jr., 52, of Owasso, Okla., pleaded guilty in the 9th District Court to online solicitation of a minor after he traveled nearly 500 miles to the Houston area to meet a 14-year-old girl for sex. The girl turned out to be an undercover Cyber Crimes Unit investigator. Upon release, Hannah will be required to register as a sex offender for 10 years.

Texans will not tolerate criminals who prey upon our children, Attorney General Abbott said. So desperate to meet and sexually assault a child that he traveled almost 500 miles across state lines, this offender shows the true danger posed by sex predators. We are grateful to Montgomery County District Attorney Michael McDougal and the Shenandoah Police Department for their tremendous assistance with this case.

In July 2006, Hannah drove 480 miles from Owasso, a suburb of Tulsa, and stayed overnight in Huntsville before continuing on to Shenandoah to sexually assault someone he thought would be a 14-year-old girl he had met online. Hannah traveled further than any suspect since the inception of the Cyber Crimes Unit.

Attorney General Abbott has earned a national reputation for aggressively arresting and prosecuting child predators. In 2003, he launched the Cyber Crimes Unit, which targets online predators by assuming the identities of young teenagers in Internet chat rooms, and the Fugitive Unit, which locates convicted child sex offenders who have violated the terms of their parole and could be stalking children. Attorney General Abbott’s initiative has netted more than 500 arrests of such offenders. His office also has obtained convictions against more than 60 men on child pornography charges.

For more information, contact the Office of the Attorney General at (800) 252-8011 or visit the Attorney General’s Web site at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.