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Montgomery County ICAC combats Child Exploitation amid COVID-19 Pandemic

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Taskforce members with Houston Metro – Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC), working in Montgomery County, have continued to protect the community’s most vulnerable population during the past few months. Due to COVID19 closures and protocols, families have been confined to their homes and predators have had more free time and virtually unlimited access to the internet. Meanwhile, detectives with Montgomery County ICAC remained diligent by responding to cyber tips, reports from exploited child victims and their families, and conducting proactive investigations to keep children safe.

The Houston-Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce in Montgomery County is made up of Montgomery County Constable Offices for Pct. 1, Pct. 2, Pct. 3, Pct. 4, and Pct. 5, Conroe Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, Department of Homeland Security-Investigations Division and the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office. It is through the collaboration and teamwork of each individual agency that the taskforce is able to promptly and aggressively investigate these cases.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 22 cases involving crimes against children have been filed by the agencies listed below:

Conroe Police Department

  • Online Solicitation of a Minor – Matthew Bryan Rice
  • Online Solicitation of a Minor – Adam Moreno-Chavez
  • Online Solicitation of a Minor – David Christian
  • Online Solicitation of a Minor – Makai Escayg

Texas Department of Public Safety

  • Online Solicitation of a Minor – William Oldham
  • Online Solicitation of a Minor – Christopher Lund
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Montgomery County Constable Pct. 1

  • Promotion of Child Pornography – John Hollingshead III
  • Promotion of Child Pornography – Zane Holloway
  • Promotion of Child Pornography – David Reed
  • Promotion of Child Pornography – Michael Matthews
  • Promotion of Child Pornography – Tyson Murdock
  • Promotion of Child Pornography – Kevin Courtwright
  • Promotion of Child Pornography – Jonathan Fester
  • Online Solicitation of a Minor – Justin Hickman
  • Online Solicitation of a Minor – David Luguvi
  • Promotion of Child Pornography – Lucas Rinehart
  • Online Solicitation of a Minor & Promotion of Child Pornography – Jeffrey Lynn Mills

Montgomery County Constable Pct. 2

  • Online Solicitation of a Minor – Justin Young
  • Online Solicitation of a Minor – David Sims
  • Promotion of Child Pornography – Walter Raymond Huddleston

Montgomery County Constable Pct. 3

  • Online Solicitation of a Minor – Sergio Perez Ruiz

Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office

  • Super Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child – Charles Crowley

Assistant District Attorney Laura Bond stated, “Despite the challenges presented by the pandemic, the ICAC team continues to do everything they can to keep our children safe. This team rescued children in abusive homes made vulnerable by the quarantine conditions. The team arrested registered sex offenders who had re-offended. They also arrested a number of suspects who were promoting images of child sexual abuse, and now we will hold these suspects accountable. In short, the devotion and commitment displayed by the ICAC Taskforce is highly commendable, and we should all be thankful for their work. They really are making a difference in keeping our children safe.”

District Attorney Brett Ligon shared, “Those who prey on our children never take a day off, and neither do we. As long as there are criminals attempting to harm our children, we will be there to find them and bring them to justice. This is the mission of the ICAC team and this office, and we will pursue that mission pandemic or not.”

Source: Michael R. Holley, First Assistant District Attorney, Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office

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