AUSTIN (KXAN) — The arrest of two suspects, one from Austin, marks the 200th child predator arrest for the Texas Attorney General’s Office (OAG).
The arrests of Carlos Moreno, 59, of Austin, and John Gonzales, 38, of Belton — for online solicitation of a minor — followed a joint operation between the OAG’s Child Exploitation Unit, Fugitive Apprehension Unit and the Georgetown Police Department.
“The success of this operation is testimony to the hard work and dedication of law enforcement officers who continuously strive to protect our children and our communities,” said Attorney General Ken Paxton.
The OAG began the operation with Georgetown police, targeting child predators who use the internet to sexually solicit and then travel with the intent of committing sex crimes against minors, a press release said Wednesday.
Since the creation of the Child Exploitation Unit in 2003, investigative efforts have led to an additional 232 arrests for those possessing/promoting child pornography, resulting in 591 separate convictions.
The attorney general is urging all parents and teachers to realize the risks our children face online, and take steps to help ensure their children’s safety. For more information on cyber safety, visit the attorney general’s website.