Friday, June 15, 2007

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Victoria Child Predator Caught by Cyber Crimes Unit Receives 70-Year State Prison Sentence

VICTORIA – A Victoria child predator arrested by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Cyber Crimes Unit has been sentenced to 70 years in state prison for using the Internet to exploit children.

Dionicio Robles, Jr., 54, was sentenced Thursday in the 135th District Court to 20 years each on three counts of online solicitation of a minor, the maximum punishment for a second-degree felony. Judge Kemper Williams also sentenced Robles to maximum 10-year sentences on each of seven counts of child pornography possession, a third-degree felony. The online solicitation sentences will run concurrently with the pornography sentences, which were stacked, for a total of 70 years in state prison.

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Dionicio Robles, Jr.
Dionicio Robles, Jr.

“The tough sentence by Judge Kemper Williams in this case sends a strong message: Texans will not tolerate criminals who prey upon our children,” Attorney General Abbott said. “The Cyber Crimes Unit will continue its aggressive crackdown on sex predators and child pornographers. We are grateful to Victoria County District Attorney Stephen Tyler and the Victoria Police Department for their tremendous assistance with this case.”

Attorney General Abbott added: “Thanks to the dedication of our Cyber Crimes Unit investigators and Assistant Attorney General Angela Goodwin, Texas is a safer place.”

Cyber Crimes Unit investigators and Victoria police officers arrested Robles in March 2006 after he e-mailed graphic images of himself to a person he believed was 13-year-old girl and propositioned the child for sex. When he arrived, Robles discovered that the “girl” was actually an undercover Cyber Crimes investigator. Forensic analysis conducted by the Cyber Crimes Unit revealed hundreds of images of child pornography on Robles’ computer.

Since taking office, Attorney General Abbott has earned a national reputation for aggressively arresting and prosecuting online child predators. The Cyber Crimes Unit and the Fugitive Unit, which locates sex offenders who have violated the terms of their parole and could be stalking children, have combined to arrest almost 600 sex offenders. 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.