News Flash

Police - Highlights

Posted on: December 16, 2020

Abilene Suspect Sentenced for 28 Years in Federal Prison and 15 Years Supervised Release

ABILENE, TX – On March 31, 2020, Detectives with the Abilene Police Department Cyber Crimes Division began an investigation into the alleged uploading of Child Pornography through a tip received by the National Center for Exploited and Missing Children (NCMEC). A subsequent investigation led to the arrest of Larry Sparks, a 36-year-old white male. In a recent federal hearing, Sparks was found guilty of Production of Child Pornography (Violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2251(a)) and was sentenced to 28 years imprisonment and 15 years supervised release. 

 The Abilene Police Department would like to remind citizens if they suspect any of the following to please report any local incidents to the Abilene Police Department. Any State or National incidents can be reported through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) at or the 24-Hr Hotline 1-800-843-5678.

 Child Pornography (possession, manufacturing, and distribution)

Online Enticement of Children for Sexual Acts

Child Sex Trafficking

Child Sexual Molestation

Child Sex Tourism

Misleading Domain Names

Misleading Digital Images on the Internet

Unsolicited Obscene Material Sent to a Child


For more tips on keeping your Children Safe online and other tools please visit





Rick Tomlin

Public Information Coordinator 

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Police - Highlights


APD Cyber Crimes Arrest Snyder Man

Posted on: January 8, 2021
Fatal Crash Web News Flash

Fatal Early Morning Crash

Posted on: December 28, 2020
SVU Arrests 3

APD Arrests 3 Men for Child Sex Crimes

Posted on: December 21, 2020
Scam Alert

Holiday Scams Increasing

Posted on: December 18, 2020
michael walden

Detectives Seeking Possible Victims

Posted on: December 9, 2020
Colby smith

Abilene Man Arrested on Drug Charges

Posted on: December 8, 2020
Fatal Pedestrian Crash

Fatal Pedestrian Crash

Posted on: November 17, 2020
Multi Vehicle Crash

Multi-Vehicle Crash

Posted on: November 2, 2020
Fatal Motorcycle Crash

Fatal Motorcycle Crash in North Abilene

Posted on: October 30, 2020
Pioneer and State

Hit and Run Investigation

Posted on: October 16, 2020
Multi Vehicle Crash

Multiple Vehicle Crash in North Abilene

Posted on: October 9, 2020
Fatal Crash Web News Flash

Fatal Crash in North Abilene

Posted on: October 2, 2020

North Abilene Credit Union Robbery

Posted on: September 29, 2020