Wednesday, May 21, 2003

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Two In Internet Bureau Get National Awards

AUSTIN - An investigator and an attorney with Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's Internet Bureau received awards in Washington, D.C., today from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The two were honored for their critical work bringing two Navarro County offenders to justice in a child exploitation case from 2001.

Investigator David Torsiello and Maya Guerra-Gamble, an assistant attorney general, received the awards from U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, who preceded Abbott as Texas Attorney General.

Attorney General Abbott lauded the work of the two honorees and the bureau. "The work of these Internet crimefighters is just one example of many in which sexual predators have been jailed for crimes against children. The Internet Bureau has a proven track record as an exemplary tool for law enforcement in combating offenses against children, and I am proud it is part of this agency's mission."

The awards to Torsiello and Guerra-Gamble were part of the Eighth Annual National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's Awards ceremony honoring law enforcement officers who have played a role in investigations involving the exploitation of children.

Torsiello came to the Internet Bureau after serving as a vice investigator with the Fort Worth Police Department. Guerra-Gamble was formerly with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. The two spent months electronically tracking the source of child pornography being posted to a Yahoo site. The investigation eventually led to two suspects, Raymond M. Ames and Timothy A. Clanton, who lived in a Corsicana residence.

In July 2002, a search warrant was executed and officers found two boys, ages 7 and 10, and an adult with cerebral palsy living with the men. Ames and Clanton claimed to be babysitting the younger boys. A more extensive search turned up video and computer evidence depicting the two young boys engaged in forced sexual conduct with the grown men.

A grand jury in Navarro County indicted the men on 65 counts ranging from aggravated sexual assault of a child to promotion and possession of child pornography. Ames' case is set for jury trial on August 18, 2003. Clanton is still awaiting trial.