Monday, March 24, 2008
These defendants are charged with possessing and promoting child pornography, Attorney General Abbott said. The Cyber Crimes Unit will continue protecting children by aggressively investigating and prosecuting online predators. We are grateful to the Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney’s Office for their assistance with these cases.
The Cyber Crimes Unit investigated Heflin for allegedly sharing child pornography online through a file-sharing Web site. The investigation resulted in the uncovering of several child pornography images and videos. Heflin was employed at a retail store at the time of the investigation.
Cyber Crimes Unit investigators conducted a forensic analysis on Garcia’s computer after a cybertip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children indicated Garcia was uploading child pornography to an Internet chat room. Garcia’s computer is alleged to have contained several child pornography images. At the time of the investigation, Garcia worked as a security guard at a Brownsville hospital.
Under Texas law, possession of child pornography is a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Promotion of child pornography is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
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.