AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that
the Child Exploitation Unit of his office arrested 42-year-old Robert Lee
Gonzales, of El Campo, Texas, pursuant to three warrants for sexual assault of
A CyberTipline report from the National Center for
Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) alerted the Child Exploitation Unit
(CEU) to Gonzales, who reportedly uploaded child pornography to a social media
Following a search warrant at his residence, Gonzales was
interviewed by CEU investigators and denied possessing child pornography.
Investigators seized several digital storage devices for examination by the
Digital Forensics Unit of the attorney general’s office. As the
investigation continued, a subsequent search warrant for Gonzales’
account revealed communications with two children, detailing sexual assaults,
as well as images of child pornography. The two children were identified and
interviewed, both confirming that Gonzales sexually assaulted them.
Attorney General Paxton’s office works to protect
children by using the latest technology to track down some of the most
profoundly evil predators online. Since its inception, the Child Exploitation
Unit has made 334 arrests and obtained 589 convictions on charges for
possession of child pornography.
Attorney General Paxton urges all parents and teachers to
become aware of the risks children face on the internet and take steps to help
ensure their safety. If you suspect someone is producing or downloading child
pornography, you can report it to NCMEC.
For more information on cyber safety, please visit: https://texasattorneygeneral.gov/initiatives/cyber-safety/.