Monday, February 25, 2013

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Travis County Resident Arrested for Child Pornography Possession

AUSTIN Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Cyber Crimes Unit arrested Austin resident Rene DeLaCruz, 31, on Feb. 22 for child pornography possession.

The Cyber Crimes Unit’s investigation into DeLaCruz originated with a referral from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Based on the NCMEC referral, Cyber Crimes Unit investigators identified DeLaCruz as the suspect who appeared to have illegally uploaded images of child pornography to an online storage account. On Feb. 20, Cyber Crimes Unit officers executed a search warrant at DeLaCruz’s residence and confiscated his computers, cell phones, digital camera and media storage devices. Cyber investigators conducted an initial forensic examination of one of DeLaCruz’s computers and found multiple illicit images of children being sexually assaulted.

The defendant faces three third-degree felony counts of child pornography possession, each punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Bond was set at $15,000 for each of the three counts. DeLaCruz remains in custody at Travis County Jail.

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Travis County Resident Arrested for Child Pornography Possession

Rene DeLaCruz

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 2,100 child sex predators.

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