Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Cyber Crimes Unit today arrested 30-year-old Jason Brian Anthony, of Vernon, after a Wilbarger County grand jury indicted him on child pornography charges. Assistant Attorney General Angela Goodwin presented the case to the grand jury Thursday after the Cyber Crimes Unit discovered more than 600 sexually explicit images and video of children on Anthony’s computer equipment.
“Texans will not tolerate criminals who exploit our children,” said Attorney General Abbott. “The Cyber Crimes Unit will continue its aggressive crackdown of insidious predators who possess and promote child pornography. We are grateful to Wilbarger County District Attorney Staley Heatly’s office and the New York State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force for helping us bring this man to justice.”
The case against Anthony began with a cybertip to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which referred the tip to the New York State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. New York authorities then referred the case to the Office of the Attorney General after discovering the computer account was located in Vernon, Texas.
A forensic examination of Anthony’s computer and external media conducted by the Cyber Crimes Unit revealed files containing child pornography. On Feb. 8, he was indicted on 13 counts of possession and one count of promotion of child pornography. The Wilbarger County District Attorney’s office assisted the Cyber Crimes Unit with Anthony’s arrest.
Possession of child pornography is a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Promotion is a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.