Thursday, October 18, 2007
Former Houston area Daycare Worker Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison for Child PornographyHOUSTON – A former Channelview daycare employee investigated by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's Cyber Crimes Unit and prosecuted by Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal received an eight-year prison sentence Wednesday for possessing child pornography.
Renee Lofton, 21, pleaded guilty in August to possessing child pornography. She was arrested by attorney general investigators in February 2007 after a cybertip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children indicated she was posting sexually explicit images of children online. External media confiscated from Lofton’s house contained hundreds of child pornography images.
“A sexual predator who distributes child pornography over the Internet has no business working at a daycare facility,” Attorney General Abbott said. “This sentence is an important reminder for daycare facilities, parents, and law enforcement, who must remain vigilant about the dangers facing our children. The Cyber Crimes Unit will continue investigating and arresting cyber predators who prey on young Texans.”
Attorney General Abbott added: “We are grateful to Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal, Jr. for his prosecutors’ hard work on this case. Thanks to their prosecution, another sexual predator received a tough prison sentence.”
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.