Monday, September 13, 2010

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Cyber Crimes Unit Arrests Poteet Resident for Online Solicitation of a Minor

San Antonio Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Cyber Crimes Unit arrested Poteet resident Harvey Casias, 40, on Thursday for online solicitation of a minor.

The Poteet Police Department referred the case to the Cyber Crimes Unit after a 14-year-old girl reported that Casias had been sending her sexually explicit text messages. According to investigators, the defendant also requested and received an illicit image of the girl. Cyber Crimes Unit officers executed a search warrant at Casias’s residence in Atascosa County and confiscated digital media and computer equipment. At the time of the arrest, Casias indicated he was employed as an electrician.

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Thursday’s arrest is the Cyber Crimes Unit’s second San Antonio-area arrest in a week. On Sept. 2, officers with the Attorney General’s Office arrested San Antonio resident Robert R. Olsen, 40, for child pornography possession and online solicitation of a minor.

The Cyber Crimes Unit received the Olsen case from the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office in Kansas. According to Kansas investigators, a suspect who claimed online to be a 24-year-old female conducted sexually explicit chats with an undercover Kansas investigator who had identified herself online as a 14-year-old girl. The suspect allegedly e-mailed the Kansas investigator a sexually explicit image of a child.

Cyber Crimes Unit office identified Olsen as the alleged sender and conducted a search of his residence. The officers’ forensic exam of Olsen’s computers allegedly revealed a child pornography image. At the time of his arrest, Olsen indicated he was employed as a security guard.

Online solicitation of a minor and child pornography possession are third-degree felonies 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 online child predators. The Cyber Crimes Unit and the Fugitive Unit, which locates sex offenders who have violated the terms of their parole and could be stalking children, have combined to arrest more than 2,000 sex offenders.

For more information on Attorney General Abbott’s efforts to crack down on sex predators, visit the agency’s website at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov or call (800) 252-8011.