THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS
Ken Paxton

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

College Station Sex Predator Investigated by Cyber Crimes Unit Sentenced to Four-year Prison Term

COLLEGE STATION A College Station man investigated and prosecuted by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's Cyber Crimes Unit today received a four-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to using the Internet to sexually solicit a child.

John Buford Jean, 34, was sentenced to four years on one count of attempted aggravated sexual assault of a child. Upon release, Jean must register as a sex offender for life. Assistant Attorney General Grant Sparks prosecuted the case in Hays County.

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John Buford Jean

Texans will not tolerate criminals who exploit our children, Attorney General Abbott said. The Cyber Crimes officers will continue to protect young Texans by aggressively cracking down on sex predators and child pornographers. We are grateful to Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe for helping us bring this man to justice.

In September 2005, Jean traveled from College Station to Buda, where he planned to meet and sexually assault a 13-year-old girl he had chatted with online. The girl turned out to be an undercover Cyber Crimes Unit investigator. At the time of his arrest, Jean was a manager with a temporary manual labor company.

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.