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Twelve People Arrested in Texas Child Porn Bust

By Peek & Toland on February 1, 2018

The online exploitation of children expanded nationally over the last two decades as online technology became more sophisticated. It’s not uncommon to read about a Texas child porn bust that leads to mass arrests.

In Dallas, police arrested 12 men in two weeks over the summer of 2017 as part of an extensive investigation into child pornography traded online.

The arrests were reported to form part of a larger operation targeting crimes against children that netted the arrests of 28 people, 20 of them accused of possession of pornographic images of children.

The Dallas Morning News reported arrest records showed 12 Dallas men were accused of having or sharing child pornography since Aug. 28.

15 arrested in Texas child porn bust

Texas child porn bust led to the arrests of 15

The investigation was carried out under the Protect Our Children Act.

Dallas police work with the North Texas Crimes Against Children Task Force which benefits from $60 million in federal funding a year.

The arrests followed local investments in police departments to help them investigate child pornography offenses.

The Dallas Police Department recently launched its own in-house forensic testing to assist detectives in finding out who places online ads selling children for sex or posts explicit and sexual images of children online.

The Texas child porn bust centered on the Dallas area. It followed a similar operation in Collin County where the sheriff’s department in tandem with other area police departments arrested 15 men following a week-long investigation into the sexual exploitation of children.

A report on a CBS affiliate noted Operation Medusa led to the arrests of men charged with crimes ranging from promoting child pornography to online solicitation of a minor.

Under the investigation carried out in the spring, investigators seized hard drives and other electronic devices allegedly used in the commission of the child pornography crimes for forensic examination.

Additional arrests may follow once the information is analyzed, Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner told the media.

Typically, child pornography busting operations see many agencies joining forces. In the operation centered on Collin County, Allen police, Collin County District Attorney’s Office, Frisco police, Dallas police, the FBI, Garland police, Grand Prairie, McKinney, Mesquite, Murphy, Plano, Sherman, and Wylie police departments joined forces along with Texas DPS, and the United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District.

Child pornography crimes are taken very seriously and carry heavy sentences. If you have been charged with an offense of this nature, call our Texas criminal defense lawyers at (512) 474-4445.

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Gynecologist from Laredo is Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

By Peek & Toland on December 26, 2017

In Texas, any kind of child pornography charges can mean long periods of incarceration for defendants.

Over the summer a Laredo gynecologist was arrested on suspicion of possession of child pornography, according to a criminal complaint.

The complaint obtained by the Laredo Morning Times claimed Dr. Antonio Salinas allegedly confessed to investigators he had downloaded illicit material onto his computer.

The 63-year-old doctor is said to have told police a USB drive containing child pornography which was discovered by employees at a local car dealership, belonged to him.

In June, Salinas was served with a warrant charging him with possession of child pornography. He was released on bond later in the day.

Child pornogaphy charges are brough against Laredo doctor

Laredo doctor faces child pornography charges

A Laredo police officer reportedly responded to the car dealership after an employee said he was servicing a pickup when he found what he thought was child pornography in a USB drive in the truck. The workers said they used a laptop to check the USB drive because it appeared that the truck’s USB port was not working properly.

Court documents said the pictures depicted young girls aged between 11 and 14 in provocative poses, search warrants stated.

The case was taken over by Laredo Police Department’s special investigations unit. Media reports said an assistant district attorney suggested securing a search warrant for the seized USB device and the laptop belonging to the employee at the car dealership.

A search warrant was executed on June 15. Evidence was submitted to the investigations unit at the Department of Homeland Security.

Investigators executed search warrants at the doctor’s workplace and his place f residence reports stated.

Child Pornography Charges Are Sought by Federal Prosecutors

The Federal authorities have been devoting a massive amount of enforcement resources to prosecuting child pornography cases in recent years.

These offenses attract plenty of publicity and big sentences. If you have been charged with a crime of this nature, it’s imperative to hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Laredo, Austin, San Antonio or elsewhere in Texas. Sex offenders typically lose their reputation and often family ties as well as their liberty. Contact us here.

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