Tuesday, July 12, 2011

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Cyber Crimes Unit Arrests Austin Lawyer for Child Pornography Possession

AUSTIN Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Cyber Crimes Unit arrested Austin resident and lawyer John Ribble Moore, 52, Friday for possession of child pornography.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children referred the case to the Cyber Crimes Unit after receiving a CyberTip, which indicated that images of child pornography were illegally uploaded to the Internet. After investigating the illegal images, the Cyber Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at Moore’s residence, where they discovered child pornography on a desktop computer.

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Under Texas law, child pornography possession is a third-degree felony. If convicted, Moore faces two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. After Moore’s arrest, a magistrate set his bond at $15,000. Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg’s office will handle the prosecution of Moore’s 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 2,800 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.