THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS
Ken Paxton

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Cyber Crimes Unit Arrests Lockhart Suspect Indicted on 22 Child Pornography Charges

LOCKHART A Caldwell County grand jury returned a 22-count indictment Tuesday against Lockhart resident James Archie Wells, III, 49, for possession of child pornography. The third-degree felony indictment stems from a joint investigation between the Lockhart Police Department and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Cyber Crimes Unit.

Cyber Crimes Unit investigators arrested Wells at his residence yesterday and booked him into the Caldwell County jail. The Caldwell County District Attorney’s office is prosecuting the case.

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This defendant is charged with possessing child pornography, Attorney General Abbott said. The Cyber Crimes Unit will continue identifying and arresting online criminals. We are grateful to the Lockhart Police Department and Caldwell County District Attorney Richard Hicks for their commitment to Texas children.

The Lockhart Police Department began investigating Wells in September 2007 based on reports that he exposed himself to a young child. Detectives referred the case to the Cyber Crimes Unit. The attorney general’s investigators conducted a forensic analysis of Wells’ computer, which uncovered several images of child pornography.

Under Texas law, possession of child pornography is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

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 700 sex predators. Prosecutors also have obtained convictions against more than 80 men on child pornography charges.

For more information about Attorney General Abbott’s efforts to protect Texas children, visit the agency’s Web site at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.