Friday, July 27, 2007
Tarrant County Judge Sentences Fort Worth Man to 40 Years in Child Pornography CaseFORT WORTH – A Tarrant County judge on Thursday sentenced a Fort Worth man to 40 years in state prison for possessing child pornography and transmitting it via the Internet. Reuben V. Wenger, 40, was convicted on charges of promotion and possession of child pornography, which are second- and third-degree felonies, respectively.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Cyber Crimes Unit began investigating Wenger in November 2005 when officers suspected him of sharing child pornography images over the Internet.
“Texans will not tolerate criminals who exploit and prey upon our children,” said Attorney General Abbott. We are grateful to the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office for prosecuting the case and to the Fort Worth Police Department for their assistance. The Cyber Crimes Unit will continue to work tirelessly to crack down on child predators of all types.”
Fort Worth police arrested Wenger at his residence in June 2006 after the Cyber Crimes Unit brought evidence from a previous search warrant that he had engaged in peer-to-peer file-sharing of over 1,000 sexually explicit images involving children. The investigation also uncovered more than 2,100 computer files containing child pornography on Wenger’s computer. He was indicted by a Tarrant County grand jury in October 2006. Wenger is married and has one child.
Attorney General Abbott has earned a national reputation for aggressively arresting and prosecuting online 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 resulted in more than 600 arrests of such offenders. His office has obtained convictions against more than 60 men on child pornography charges.