Alleged Internet predators get a big surprise
Attorney General Abbott's Internet Bureau has tracked down and arrested
three more suspected child predators in Hays County.
The men had allegedly made contact with "13-year-old girls"
in online teen chat rooms and had made arrangements to take a road
trip to meet the girls for sex. The "13-year-olds" turned
out to be Internet Bureau Investigators.
All three suspects have telecommunications
or computer industry backgrounds and training.
Investigators said Phillip Joel Ramos, 30, a Verizon Wireless employee
from Austin, was arrested August 25; Michael Edward Kilpatrick,
46, a technical engineer for Hewlett-Packard from Houston, was arrested
August 16; and Michael A. McDaniel, 43, a former Dell Computer employee
from Pflugerville, was arrested August 14.
Attorney General Abbott said, " The willingness on the part
of some adults to set up sexual rendezvous with children deeply
offends the sensibilities of average citizens and parents. That's
why I am taking great strides to see that the Internet Bureau, with
the resources available to us, take as many of these predators off
the street as possible."
These three arrests bring the total number of arrests for attempted
meetings with children to 14, and all since May. The Internet Bureau
has obtained Hays County grand jury indictments against six of these
men. They all await trial.
Kilpatrick was charged with attempted aggravated sexual assault
of a minor and has his bond set at $250,000. Investigators said
Kilpatrick allegedly reserved a hotel room on Ben White Boulevard
in Austin and was driving south into Hays County to meet the "child."
Ramos was also charged with attempted aggravated sexual assault
of a minor and his bond is set at $150,000.
McDaniel was charged with criminal solicitation of minor and has
his bond set at $150,000.
The Internet Bureau is funded by a grant from Governor Rick Perry's