Monday, April 5, 2004

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Attorney General's Fugitive, Cyber Crimes Programs Reach 100-Plus Child Predator Arrests

WACO - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Fugitive and Cyber Crimes units have passed the 100 mark in the number of child sex predators taken off the streets and off the Internet in less than 10 months.

“Our Fugitive and Cyber Crimes programs are making communities safer by arresting child predators before they can do more harm to our children,” Attorney General Abbott said today. “We are very proud of these accomplishments and grateful to law enforcement agencies around the state who share our commitment to making these arrests.”

The Cyber Crimes Unit, launched by Attorney General Abbott last May, targets online predators by assuming the identities of young teenagers in Internet chat rooms. Investigators have arrested 37 men who used teen chat rooms to arrange meetings with underage victims.

Killeen and Copperas Cove men arrested by the OAG Cyber Crimes Unit

Kenneth Brzoznowski

Stephen Langley

Reagan Cosper

Mauro Palacio


Bill Duenas
The arrests have been made when the predators drove from as far away as Houston to meet children in Central Texas. Attorney General Abbott is currently expanding Cyber Crimes investigations into other areas through the use of an undercover Internet mobile computer lab.

The Fugitive Unit, formed last August, targets child sex offenders who violated the terms of their parole. Working with other law enforcement agencies, the Attorney General’s Fugitive investigators have arrested a total of 69 parole violators in 23 Texas counties and six other states, three of them in Florida.

OAG Fugitive Unit arrests with McLennan County ties

Nathan Guy

Ricky Johnson
The parole absconders were convicted of various sex crimes against children. Parole violations that led to their arrests included failing to report to probation officers, being absent without permission, being in locations that might allow contact with young children, and other charges.

To date, five Waco-area men have been arrested by Cyber Crimes officers after the men drove long distances to meet “children” at specific locations.

Charged with attempted sexual crimes against children in the Waco area are:

• Kenneth Brzoznowski, of Copperas Cove
• Stephen Mark Langley, of Killeen
• Reagan Cosper of Killeen
• Mauro C. Palacio of Killeen
• Bill James Duenas of Killeen

On March 2, Fugitive Unit investigators arrested 49-year-old Ricky Johnson, a convicted child sex offender from McLennan County who has been wanted for more than 12 years. He was arrested in Philadelphia, Mississippi. Johnson was convicted of indecency with an 11-year-old Waco girl in 1989.

Nathan Ross Guy, 30,of Waco is a parole violator arrested by the Fugitive Unit in February. In 1994 he was convicted of indecency with a child by sexual contact. His victim was a 13-year-old female.