Tuesday, June 23, 2009
The Cyber Crimes Unit began investigating Aranda in January 2009. According to investigators, a forensic analysis of Aranda’s home computers uncovered more than 20,000 illicit images and hundreds of child pornography videos.
The case originated through Project Flicker, an April 2006 initiative by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Cyber Crimes Center. Project Flicker has identified thousands of commercial child pornography Web site subscribers.
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 1,000 sex predators. Prosecutors also have obtained convictions against 100 defendants 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.