Tuesday, January 18, 2011

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Cyber Crimes Unit Arrests Clute Resident For Child Pornography Possession

CLUTE Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Cyber Crimes Unit arrested Clute resident Alain Liszt, 46, Thursday on four counts of child pornography possession.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children referred the case to the Cyber Crimes Unit after receiving a cybertip, which indicated that an Internet user was illegally uploading child pornography images to a website. Cyber investigators discovered that the website branded itself as the best child pornography site on the Internet.

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Alain Liszt

According to Cyber Crimes Unit investigators, Liszt added to the website’s illicit content by uploading child pornography images to the website. After conducting a search at the defendant’s residence, Cyber Crimes Unit officers confiscated his personal computer and external media, which allegedly contained numerous images and video of children being sexually assaulted.

Under Texas law, child pornography possession is a third-degree felony. If convicted, Liszt faces two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. The Brazoria County District Attorney’s Office will prosecute the case.

Attorney General Abbott has earned a national reputation for aggressively arresting and prosecuting online child predators. In 2003, he created the Cyber Crimes Unit, which protects children from online sexual exploitation. The Cyber Crimes Unit and the Fugitive Unit, which locates sex offenders who have violated the terms of their parole, 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 www.texasattorneygeneral.gov or call (800) 252-8011.