AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced today that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested 57-year-old Roberto Cruz-Lara, of Waco, on one count of Possession of Child Pornography, a third-degree felony. Cruz-Lara could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Following a Cyber Tipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, CEU investigators executed a search warrant at Cruz-Lara’s residence, where child pornography was found on a desktop computer. Investigators seized several additional digital storage devices that will be examined by the attorney general’s Digital Forensics Unit. During an interview, Cruz-Lara admitted to possessing child pornography. He was transported to the McLennan County Jail where he will appear before a magistrate.
The Texas Attorney General’s Office works to protect children by using the latest technology to track down some of the most profoundly evil predators online. The CEU proactively seeks out and arrests predators who commit crimes against children using technology and online sources. Attorney General Paxton urges all parents and teachers to become aware of the risks our children face on the internet and take steps to help ensure their children’s safety. If you suspect someone of 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/.