13 arrests in sex crimes involving children

- An operation conducted by the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office and other agencies in the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force has resulted in 13 arrests with 26 felony charges and one misdemeanor charge filed. Eight search warrants have also been completed in the cases. The arrests took place between Nov. 5 and Nov. 20. Task force agents communicated with suspects using social media websites that are accessible to adults as well as children. By communicating with suspects online, officers were able to direct suspects attempting to engage in sexual contact with children to another location where officers were waiting to place the suspects under arrest. All of people arrested were men.

The purpose of the operation was to identify and arrest people who were engaging in the solicitation or online sexual exploitation of children through social media sites.                
 
Other agencies that took part in the operation included the Fort Bend County District Attorney's Office, Rosenberg Police Department, the FBI, the Houston Police Department, Waller County District Attorney's Office, the Needville Police Department and the Katy Independent School District Police Department.
 
The first arrest was initiated before the operation actually began, but the capture site was set up and the arrest was made on Nov. 5. Conroe resident Eric Burgess, 50, was the first man arrested and was charged with attempted sexual assault of a child.
 
Tomball resident Talha Riaz, 23, was arrested on Nov. 19 and charged with online solicitation of a minor, attempted sexual assault of a child and evading arrest on foot.
 
The following men were arrested on Nov. 19:
  • Carlton Crosby, 18, of  Richmond. Charges: Online Solicitation of a Minor; Attempted Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child;
  • Richard Weekley, 33, of Jersey Village; Charges: Online Solicitation of a Minor; Attempted Sexual Assault of a Child;
  • Kenneth Gibson, 50, of Spring; Online Solicitation of a Minor; Attempted Sexual Assault of a Child;
  • Nathaniel Montes, 35, Houston; Online Solicitation of a Minor; Attempted Sexual Assault of a Child; Currently on bond in Harris County for Sexual Assault of a Child ($30,000) May, 2015;
  • Christopher Nunes, 32, Cypress; Online Solicitation of a Minor; Attempted Sexual Assault of a Child; Nunes is a coach and teacher at MacArthur High School, Aldine ISD;
  • Lee PhillipTraver, 34, Rosenberg; Online Solicitation of a Minor; Attempted Sexual Assault of a Child; Endangering a Child, two counts; an interview determined he left two children, ages 2 and 4, at home alone; 
  • Jesus Garcia, 29, of Houston; Online Solicitation of a Minor; Attempted Sexual Assault of a Child.
The following men were arrested on Nov. 20:
  • Jesus Soto, 24, Fulshear; Online Solicitation of a Minor; Attempted Sexual Assault of a Child;
  • Garry Bellamy, 66, of Pasadena; Online Solicitation of a Minor; Attempted Sexual Assault of a Child.
Katy resident John Crawford, an officer with the Texas Army National Guard, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with Online Solicitation of a Minor; Attempted Sexual Assault of a Child.
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