Thursday, September 22, 2011

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Cyber Crimes Unit Arrests Austin Resident For Sexually Soliciting a Minor Online

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's Cyber Crimes Unit arrested Jonathan Bailey, 33, of Austin, on Wednesday for using the Internet to prey on children.

According to state investigators, Bailey initiated and conducted sexually graphic online chats with someone he thought was a 14-year-old boy. The "boy" was actually an undercover police officer with the Cyber Crimes Unit. The defendant sexually propositioned the undercover officer before arranging to meet and sexually assault him at a local park. When Bailey arrived at the park, Cyber Crimes Unit police officers arrested him. The Attorney General's cyber investigators also conducted a search at Bailey's residence and confiscated the defendant's computer and media storage devices for forensic analysis.

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Bailey faces a third-degree felony count of online solicitation of a minor. He remains in Travis County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bond. If convicted, Bailey faces 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. Cyber Crimes Unit police officers have also visited schools and communities statewide to offer educational cyber safety programs.

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