Tuesday, April 2, 2013

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Georgetown Child Pornographer Sentenced to 20 Years in State Prison

AUSTIN A Williamson County criminal court sentenced Robert Beecher Cameron, 58, of Georgetown, to 20 years in state prison after he pleaded guilty to two third-degree charges of child pornography possession. The Texas Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit arrested Cameron in June 2012 and referred the case to the Williamson County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.
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Robert Beecher Cameron

The Cyber Crimes Unit’s investigation of Cameron stemmed from a referral by Pennsylvania law enforcement authorities following their arrest of Montgomery County, Pa., resident Barry McOwen on child pornography and sexual assault charges. During their forensic analysis of McOwen’s computer, Pennsylvania police officers discovered that McOwen had used the Internet to share information and explicit photos of his sexual assaults with others including someone who appeared to be in Texas.

Based on the information from the Pennsylvania authorities, the Texas Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit identified Cameron as the person in Texas who communicated with McOwen online about sexually assaulting children. Cyber Crimes Unit officers conducted a search of Cameron’s residence in Georgetown and confiscated his computer and media storage devices, where they discovered the graphic online chats as well as Cameron’s extensive collection of child pornography. After Cyber Crimes Unit police officers arrested Cameron, he was transported to the Williamson County Jail.

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