Tuesday, September 9, 2008

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Former West Lake Hills Police Officer Indicted For Online Solicitation Of a Minor

AUSTIN – A Llano County grand jury returned a five-count felony indictment Thursday against former City of West Lake Hills police officer Paul Kirksey, 35, for online solicitation of a minor.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Cyber Crimes Unit arrested Kirksey in West Lake Hills in January after the defendant allegedly distributed sexually explicit images over the Internet to someone he believed to be a 13-year-old girl. The “girl” was actually an undercover Cyber Crimes Unit investigator.

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Kirksey was taken into custody Friday afternoon by deputies with the Llano County Sheriff’s Office in lieu of $250,000 bond. The Cyber Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case in conjunction with Llano County District Attorney Sam Oatman’s office.

Online solicitation of a minor is a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 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 on Attorney General Abbott’s efforts to crack down on sex predators, contact the Office of the Attorney General at (800) 252-8011 or visit the agency’s Web site at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.