Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the Attorney General’s Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) investigators served an arrest warrant on Henry Francis Bunk III, 44, for online solicitation of a minor. This warrant was served at the Uvalde County Jail where Bunk was already being held for violating his sex offender requirements.
CEU investigators executed a search warrant at Bunk’s residence in Utopia, Texas in reference to online solicitation of a minor. The CEU received this case as a request to assist in the investigation from the Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office (UCSO) in which the parents of an 11-year-old girl had reported that Bunk, a registered sex offender, had been communicating with their daughter via an online social networking site.
During the course of an undercover investigation, Bunk initiated communications in a sexually explicit manner with a person he believed to be an 11-year-old child and made arrangements to meet the child for the purpose of engaging in sexual acts. Bunk was arrested by UCSO deputies on a warrant for violating his sex offender registration requirements. CEU investigators conducted an interview with Bunk at the Uvalde County Jail, resulting in Bunk’s confession. Bunk also confessed to chatting in a sexually explicit manner with additional juveniles from two other states via various mobile applications.
“One more dangerous child predator is off the streets and behind bars because of the steadfast work of the law enforcement professionals involved in these investigations,” said Attorney General Paxton. “I am proud of the men and women dedicated to protecting our children and our communities, and my office will continue to seek justice against these offenders who prey on our most vulnerable.”
The Texas Attorney General’s Office works to protect children by taking child predators off the Internet and putting them into jail, proactively seeking out and arresting predators who commit crimes against children using technology and the Internet. The office utilizes the latest technology to track down some of the most profoundly evil predators on the Internet.
Attorney General Paxton urges all parents and teachers to realize the risks our children face online, and take steps to help ensure their children’s safety. For more information on cyber safety, please visit: https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/cj/cyber-safety.