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Child Sex Predator Caught By Cyber Crimes Unit In 2006 Ordered to Serve 10 Years In Prison For Violating Probation

HOUSTON Former financial advisor Christopher R. Kronshagen, 41, of Conroe, was sentenced to 10 years in prison today after a Fort Bend County District Court ruled he violated the terms of his 2008 probation. In 2008, the court granted Kronshagen deferred adjudication after he was charged with solicitation of aggravated sexual assault of a child and attempted sexual performance of a child. Because the court’s 2008 order deferred judgment against him, Kronshagen was not legally convicted of his criminal violations until today, when the court imposed its judgment.

Under Texas law, deferred adjudication acts like a probationary period during which defendants are not adjudged guilty if they comply with the law. However, an Assistant Attorney General successfully argued to the Honorable Frank T. Carmona, visiting judge at the 240th Fort Bend County District Court, that Kronshagen should be convicted of his 2006 violation because he committed additional felonies during the probationary period.

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Christopher R. Kronshagen

The Assistant Attorney General provided the court evidence of Kronshagen’s additional alleged offenses: an aggravated sexual assault of a child case pending against him in Walker County; an online solicitation of a minor investigation that revealed Kronshagen’s alleged sexual communications with a 16-year-old girl in Llano County; and two pending charges in Montgomery County for failing to comply with mandatory sex offender registration requirements.

The Texas Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit first arrested Kronshagen on May 26, 2006. According to Cyber Crimes Unit investigators, the defendant used the Internet to sexually solicit what he believed to be a 13-year-old girl. The intended victim’s online profile actually belonged to an undercover Cyber Crimes Unit investigator. Kronshagen was indicted and pleaded guilty to solicitation of aggravated sexual assault of a child, a second-degree felony, and attempted sexual performance of a child, a third-degree felony. In 2008, Kronshagen was ordered to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and was granted a 10-year deferred adjudication period.

Since taking office, Attorney General Abbott has earned a national reputation for aggressively arresting and prosecuting child sex predators. 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 about Attorney General Abbott’s crackdown on sex offenders, contact the Office of the Attorney General at (800) 252-8011 or visit the agency’s website at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.