Friday, December 14, 2007

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Aviation Employee Investigated by Attorney General's Cyber Crimes Unit Sentenced to 78 Months in Federal Prison

AUSTIN – A federal judge today sentenced Michael Dwayne Green, 45, of Austin, to 78 months in federal prison for possession of child pornography. Upon release, Green must serve seven years of supervised release.

According to court documents, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Cyber Crimes Unit uncovered more than 3,000 images and several videos of child pornography on the aviation employee’s home computer. The Cyber Crimes Unit began investigating Green after receiving a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in June 2007. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas 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 U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton for his ongoing commitment to Texas children.”

At the time of the investigation, Green was employed with an aviation maintenance company that provides fueling, cargo and other services to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

The case is part of Project Safe Childhood, a national initiative that encourages the use of multi-jurisdictional task forces to investigate and prosecute the sexual exploitation of children online. In Texas, investigative assistance in these cases is provided by the Texas Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which is one of almost 50 federally funded task forces across the country dedicated to this project. For more information on Project Safe Childhood, visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Attorney General Abbott has earned a national reputation for aggressively arresting and prosecuting child predators. Since 2003, the Cyber Crimes Unit and Fugitive Unit have arrested more than 600 sex predators. Prosecutors also have 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.