AG Paxton’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests
Lorena Man for Possession of Child Pornography
AUSTIN, TX – Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested Thomas Lee Scott, 58, of Lorena, on two counts of Possession of Child Pornography, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison per charge.
Investigators discovered child pornography being shared from a device with an IP address connected to Scott’s home in Lorena.
While executing a search warrant at his home, investigators located child pornography and seized several digital storage devices that will be examined by the attorney general’s Digital Forensics Unit.
Scott, a registered sex offender, was convicted in 1991 of child molestation in Indiana.
The Texas Attorney General’s Office works to protect children by using the latest technology to track down some of the most profoundly evil predators online.
The CEU proactively seeks out and arrests predators who commit crimes against children using technology and online sources.
Attorney General Paxton urges all parents and teachers to become aware of the risks our children face on the internet and take steps to help ensure their children’s safety.
If you suspect someone is producing or downloading child pornography you can report it to NCMEC
AG Paxton’s Human Trafficking Unit
Arrests Uvalde County Man in
Child Sex Trafficking Case
AUSTIN, TX – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that the Human Trafficking Unit (HTU) of his office arrested 48-year-old Domingo Gonzalez of Uvalde on a warrant for Compelling Prostitution in Bexar County.
Compelling prostitution is committed when a person knowingly causes another by force, threat or fraud to commit prostitution.
It also occurs when a person causes, by any means, a child younger than 18 to commit prostitution regardless of whether the actor knew the age of the victim when the offense occurred.
Gonzalez’s case was referred to the attorney general’s office after a 15-year-old girl was rescued from domestic sex trafficking.
During an interview with law enforcement officials, Gonzalez confessed to committing the act of prostitution, and HTU investigators discovered that the person Gonzales paid to have sex with was the 15-year-old victim in their investigation.
The Human Trafficking Unit collaborates with local, state, and federal law enforcement partners to rescue individuals who are victims of labor and sex trafficking.
If you suspect human trafficking, call the attorney general’s office at 512-463-1646,
or call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888.
AG Paxton: Child Predators Brought to Justice in Williamson County Operation
AUSTIN, TX – Continuing its efforts to protect children from dangerous child predators, the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office arrested three men in Williamson County for Online Solicitation of a Minor during an online operation last week.
The men were all charged with a second-degree felony and booked into the Williamson County Jail without incident.
During the operation, the three men, identified as Samuel David Kelly, Shane Michael Perry and Joshua Logan Dean, sexually solicited investigators posing as children online. Each man was arrested after they arrived at a predetermined location expecting to meet and engage in sexual activity with a child.
The attorney general’s office works to protect children by using the latest technology to track down some of the most profoundly evil predators online.
Attorney General Paxton urges all parents and teachers to become aware of the risks our children face on the internet and take steps to help ensure their safety.
Cyber safety tips for kids:
Never give out personal information such as name, address, phone number, or school.
Never agree to meet someone you met online.
Always tell an adult if you receive a message that makes you uncomfortable.
Report anything suspicious to the attorney’s general office at 800-252-8011
OAG Collaborates with Harris County Sheriff’s
Office To Keep Predators Off the Streets
AUSTIN. TX – Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Fugitive Apprehension Unit of his office collaborated with Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez to arrest 28 sex offenders over the course of five days during a Child Sex Offender Warrant Initiative.
“My office will make every effort possible to ensure that our children are protected from predators,” Attorney General Paxton said. “I commend Sheriff Gonzalez and his office for their hard work, and I thank everyone involved with this collaborative effort to keep our neighborhoods safe.”
From October 23-27, teams of sworn officers from the attorney general’s office and the Harris County Sheriff’s office executed open warrants for child sex crimes and for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.
In addition to warrant execution, teams also drove by offender homes to check for violations such as Halloween decorations.
“Harris County parents should be able to trust that the law enforcement community is pulling together to do everything we can to keep children safe on Halloween and every day of the year. I want to thank the Texas Office of the Attorney General for helping us track down and arrest some of our community’s most dangerous offenders,” said Sheriff Gonzalez. “Child predators are on notice: We are watching and we will lock up anyone who attempts to harm a child.”
When he appeared last week for a bail hearing in a Santa Cruz court, James Kohut, 57, learned that he will now face an 36 additional counts after investigators discovered video evidence allegedly showing the doctor abusing two young boys and a little girl with his two co-defendants, reports The Mercury News.
Kohut was arrested in May along with Rashel Brandon, 42, and an Arizona woman, Emily Stephens, 29. Both women, who were nurses, were charged with four counts of child sexual abuse, with Kohut originally facing 11.
Kohut could end up spending the rest of his life in prison if he is convicted on all 48 counts. He has entered not guilty pleas for all.
According to KSBW, police recovered GoPro video that was recorded between Jan. 1 and May 9 that allegedly shows all three defendants having sex multiple times with a 3-year-old and 10-year-old boy.
A second video filmed at a motel between Jan. 1 and May 9 allegedly depicts a sexual act by the three defendants with the same 10-year-old boy. Court documents list the footage as running longer than 50 minutes.
Plus, detectives found a cell phone video recorded between Jan. 1 and May 9 that allegedly depicts the defendants sexually abusing a 5-year-old girl.
Th new charges alleged the defendants abused 5 children in all: another girl and a child whose sex is being withheld.
All three are being held on $15 million bail, according to KCRA. Stephens faces 45 felonies and Brandon faces 44 felonies linked with molestation and have both pleaded not guilty. Their lawyers were unavailable for comment Tuesday.
The charges against Kohut include alleged abuses authorities contend occurred in 2003, 2014, 2016 and 2017. His lawyer could also not be reached.
Only Kohut is accused of lewd acts and rape of the 10-year-old boy. He is also charged with lewd acts on a fourth victim (a girl who was younger than 14) between 2003 and 2005 as well as a fifth victim in 2014.
‘Solicited Victims for Decades’
Prosecutors in court documents allege that, “for nearly 20 years,” the traveling surgeon with a current permanent address in Arkansas has displayed “a sexual compulsion, and has solicited victims for decades.”
“Like the crimes charged here,” the document alleges, “defendant was soliciting mothers to engage in sexual acts with children.”
Among the examples cited, the prosecution referred to a Vermont woman who said she had a relationship with Kohut from 1997 to 2000. “During that relationship, he told her that he wanted to get her pregnant so she could have a child and they could be sexual with that child,” the document alleges.
The allegations continue: “He told her that he was most interested in children between the ages of 6 to 8. He admitted that he had been in a relationship with a woman in Florida who had a 13-year-old and a 4-year-old child. He admitted that he had sex in front of those children, and fondled the 13-year-old. He would explain that he wanted a ‘sexual family.’ He would ask her to recruit friends for him, and he wanted her to call him ‘daddy.’”
Court documents obtained by PEOPLE allege a woman from Australia told investigators Kohut said in 2003 “that he was searching for a woman who he can impregnate, and will then ‘raise their children sexually.’ He then asked [the woman] if she would let him impregnate and raise their child sexually.”
“Defendant told her that if he had a daughter, he would want to impregnate her at the age of 10 and raise that child sexually as well. He also admitted to having sexual encounters with other children in the past.”
“Finally, he asked her to find him children. He wanted her to volunteer as a homeless shelter or do babysitting jobs and find children that she would molest and he would then listen to them over the phone,” the document alleges.
Kohut allegedly had affairs with both Brandon and Stephens.