Thursday, October 7, 2004

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Attorney General Abbott Nets Indictments Of 3 Suspected Child Predators

ARLINGTON– Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today announced the indictments of three suspected child predators arrested during a recent undercover operation in Granbury. In making the arrests, investigators with the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit relied on satellite technology to access Internet chat rooms from remote locations.

“Our ability to track and arrest child predators who use the cover of a computer to victimize our children is now stronger,” said Attorney General Abbott. “These predators are willing to travel long distances to meet who they think are young girls for the purpose of having sex, and we are more than willing to meet them and arrest them.”
Frank M. RobinsonAshutosh H. TrivediMichael Martin
Working with the Hood County Sheriff’s Department and the Granbury Police Department, Cyber Crimes investigators set up the mobile computer crime lab in Granbury. During the two-week undercover operation, the three men – two from Irving and one from Corsicana– traveled to Granbury to meet children. In each case, the men thought they were meeting with teenagers they had met in Internet chat rooms. In reality, the men had been talking with officers from the Cyber Crimes Unit, who arrested the men when they showed up to meet their young victims.

“I want to personally thank Hood County District Attorney Rob Christian for working with us to help make the Internet a safer place for Texas children,” said Abbott. “It is because of this cooperative spirit we enjoy with law enforcement that we’re able to put our specialized tools to work.”

Since May 2003, the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit has arrested 53 men who solicited teens online for sex.

The following individuals were arrested and indicted in Hood County:

-Michael Patrick Martin, Irving, Texas – Arrested August 4, 2004
-Ashutosh H. Trivedi, Irving, Texas – Arrested August 4, 2004
-Frank M. Robinson, Jr., Corsicana, Texas – Arrested August 5, 2004