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Posted on: March 16, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Cyber Crimes Arrests 29 Area Men for Targeting Children

ABILENE, TX – In mid-March, the Abilene Police Department’s Cyber Crimes Unit, Fraud Unit, and Special Operations Division, with collaboration from the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division and the U.S. Marshal’s Service, conducted an undercover operation targeting individuals trying to sexually exploit minors. Special Agents and Detectives arrested individuals who used public webpages, internet sites and social media applications to exploit minor. As a result of this investigation, 30 individuals from in and around the Abilene area showed up to arranged meetings with alleged minor children to sexually exploit them. In all 29 offenders were arrested and 1 is pending arrest warrants. This is a continuing investigation. The arrested individuals and charges are as follows:

samuel kuehnSamuel Kuehn 32 yoa, Online Solicitation of a Minor Under age of 14

rufus smith

Rufus Smith 20 yoa, Online Solicitation of a Minor

roberto morales

Roberto Morales 20 yoa, Online Solicitation of a Minor


quinten edwards

Quinten Edwards 23 yoa, Online Solicitation of a Minor


morgan layton

Morgan Layton 41 yoa, Online Solicitation of a Minor Under age of 14


michael napp

Micahel Knapp 48 yoa, Online Solicitation of a Minor


michael martinez

Michael Martinez 24 yoa, Online Solicitation of a Minor


michael hawley

Michael Hawley 33 yoa, of Sweetwater. Online Solicitation of a Minor


michael dawson

Michale Dawson 41 yoa, Online Solicitation of a Minor


michael cook

Michael Cook 37 yoa, Online Solicitation of a Minor


kenneth kocher

Kenneth Kocher 54 yoa, Online Solicitation of a Minor


Karif Anderson

Karif Anderson 24 yoa, Online Solicitation of a Minor


joshua kendrick

Joshua Kendrick 20 yoa, Online Solicitation of a Minor


joseph mitchell

Joseph Mitchell 20 yoa, Online Solicitation of a Minor


jose gonzales

Jose Gonzalez 21 yoa, Online Solicitation of a Minor


jose calzone

Jose Calzoncinth 25 yoa, of San Angelo, Online Solicitation of a Minor


johnathan pressley

Jonathan Pressley 20 yoa, Online Solicitation of a Minor


Johnathan Flint

Johnathan Flint 21 yoa, Online Solicitation of a Minor.


james powell

James Powell 25 yoa, Online Solicitation of a Minor


hector gloria

Hector Gloria 20 yoa, Online Solicitation of a Minor


geoffery Hupp


Geoffrey Hupp 43 yoa, of Midland, Online Solicitation of a Minor and Possession of Child Pornography


gabriel morales

Gabriel Morales 19 yoa, Online Solicitation of a Minor


elijah ojeda

Elijah Ojeda 23 yoa, of Midland, Online Solicitation of a Minor


david turnage

David Turnage 55 yoa, of Clyde,  Online Solicitation of a Minor


conner yerby

Conor Yerby 26 yoa, Online Solicitation of a Minor


clinton Lundy

Clinton Lundy 20 yoa, Online Solicitation of a Minor


carleel cowley

Carleel Crowley 25 yoa, Online Solicitation of a Minor


caleb johnson

Caleb Johnson 19 yoa, Online Solicitation of a Minor


Virgil Perkins

Virgil Perkins 65 yoa, Online Solicitation of a Minor



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