THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS
Ken Paxton

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Grand Jury Indicts Oklahoma Man Arrested, Investigated by Attorney General Abbott's Cyber Crimes Unit

AUSTIN An Austin federal grand jury indicted Tony Shannon Woody, 42, of Lawton, Okla., on Wednesday for sexually soliciting a minor online.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Cyber Crimes Unit arrested Woody in August 2007 after he drove his tractor trailer to New Braunfels to meet and sexually assault someone he believed to be a 13-year-old boy he met online. The online profile actually belonged to an undercover Cyber Crimes Unit investigator. Woody was indicted on federal charges of attempted enticement of a child and travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct. U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton’s office is prosecuting the case.

This defendant was indicted for driving nearly 400 miles to sexually abuse a child he met online, Attorney General Abbott said. The Cyber Crimes Unit will continue to track down and arrest online criminals who prey on children. We are grateful to U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton for his strong partnership and his dedication to Texas children.

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. Together, these units have arrested more than 600 such offenders. His office also has obtained convictions against more than 70 men on child pornography charges.

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.