THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS
Ken Paxton

Friday, September 7, 2007

Needville Truck Driver Investigated by Cyber Crimes Unit Sentenced to Five-Year Prison Term

HOUSTON A Needville man investigated and prosecuted by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's Cyber Crimes Unit received a five-year prison sentence Thursday after pleading guilty to using the Internet to sexually solicit a child.

Robert Wayne Ramirez, 41, was sentenced to five years on each of two counts of online solicitation of a minor and one count of attempted sexual performance by a child, with the sentences to run concurrently. Upon release, Ramirez must register as a sex offender. Assistant Attorney General Angela Goodwin prosecuted the case.

Texans will not tolerate criminals who prey upon our children, Attorney General Abbott said. The Cyber Crimes Unit will continue to protect young Texans by aggressively cracking down on sex predators and child pornographers. We are grateful to Montgomery County District Attorney Michael McDougal for helping us bring this man to justice.

In July 2006, Ramirez traveled to Shenandoah, where he planned to meet and sexually assault a 14-year-old girl he had chatted with online. The girl turned out to be an undercover Cyber Crimes Unit investigator. Ramirez, a long-haul truck driver at the time of the investigation, used a laptop computer at a Houston truck stop to chat online with the undercover investigator.

Attorney General Abbott has earned a national reputation for 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 sex offenders who have violated the terms of their parole. Attorney General Abbott’s initiative has resulted in more than 600 arrests of such offenders. His office also has obtained convictions against more than 70 men on child pornography charges.

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