Tuesday, April 26, 2011

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Cyber Crimes Unit Arrests Former City Councilman After Discovering Images of the Sexual Assault of a Child

GRAPELAND Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Cyber Crimes Unit arrested former Grapeland City Councilman Aaron Pennington, 30, after discovering images of the sexual assault of a child. The Cyber Crimes Unit’s investigation of Pennington stemmed from a referral by the Grapeland Police Department; Houston County District Attorney Donna Kaspar will prosecute the cases in court.

Investigators from the Cyber Crimes Unit initially arrested Pennington on April 5 for possession and promotion of child pornography. That investigation led to additional charges when, on April 19, Pennington was arrested for Sexual Assault of a Child. Two days later, on April 21, he was arrested for the third time after the Cyber Crimes Unit discovered images of the sexual assault of a child. In total, the defendant has been arrested for seven separate felony crimes against children.

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After receiving a tip from the Grapeland Police Department, the Cyber Crimes Unit executed a search warrant and examined Pennington’s computer, where they discovered multiple illicit images of child pornography. Later, Cyber Crimes Unit investigators reviewed allegations that Pennington had sexually assaulted children in the Houston County area.

Under Texas law, child pornography possession and child pornography promotion are both third-degree felonies punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Sexual assault of a child is a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

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