Friday, August 12, 2011

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Williamson County Registered Sex Offender Arrested For Child Pornography Possession

ROUND ROCK Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Cyber Crimes Unit arrested Round Rock resident and registered sex offender Matthew Damian Cook, Jr., 21, Thursday for child pornography possession.

Community supervision officers with the Williamson County Adult Probation Department and investigators with the Cyber Crimes Unit traveled to Cook’s residence Thursday morning for an onsite visit. Cook, who was previously charged with child pornography possession, is a registered sex offender scheduled to remain on probation until 2019.

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Matthew Damien Cook, Jr.

Under the terms of Cook’s probation, the defendant is prohibited from possessing a computer. During the onsite visit at Cook’s residence, a Cyber Crimes Unit investigator observed a desktop computer in an open closet. The Cyber Crimes Unit conducted an initial forensic examination and determined that Cook’s computer contained numerous illicit images of children being sexually assaulted.

Cyber Crimes Unit officers subsequently arrested Cook and transported him to the Williamson County Jail, where he was charged with child pornography possession. Cook had been incarcerated in the Williamson County Jail for a technical violation as recently as Aug. 10.

Under Texas law, possession of child pornography is a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 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. 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 child 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.