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Polk Co. inmate among Texas AG's cybercrime success stories


LIVINGSTON — As Texas wraps up a month of public awareness campaigns on ways to prevent child abuse and sexual assault, the state's Attorney General issued a report on 36 suspected online sexual predators or child pornographers that had been arrested by the state's Cyber Crimes offi cers. One of those suspects remains in custody at the Polk County jail and his online activities that drew the attention of the Cyber Crimes Unit were just the tip of the iceberg. David Leroy Shannon was arrested Oct. 10, 2012, for possession of child pornography with intent to distribute and sexual assault of a child based on information obtained by the Cyber Crimes Unit. Polk County District Attorney Lee Hon said Shannon was indicted by a Polk County Grand Jury for those two charges in January. The arrest launched a massive local investigation that resulted in several additional charges, Hon said Monday. On March 22, Shannon was indicted on a fi rst degree felony charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 13, alleging two or more acts of sexual abuse against six children. Also on March 22, Shannon was indicted on a different case for continuous sexual abuse of a victim under age 14 for two children. That indictment includes a second count alleging aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14 and a third count of aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14 involving three different victims. Shannon is next set to appear in court on May 28. Statewide, the Cyber Crimes Unit apprehended 15 suspects for online solitication of a minor for placing or responding to online advertisements seeking sexual encounters with children. Five other suspects were arrested for initiating online chats on social networking sites to sexually proposition children. Another 16 suspects were arrested on child pornography charges.


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