Aggie Indicted on Sex Charges


A Texas A&M graduate student has been indicted by a Montgomery County grand jury for allegedly using the Internet to sexually proposition a teenager.

Guadalupe "Wally" DeLaGarza, 26, of College Station was arrested on July 18 and charged with attempted sexual assault and attempted sexual performance by a child.

According to authorities, DeLaGarza travelled to Montgomery County to meet who he thought was a 14 year old girl he met on MySpace.com.
The teenager was actually an investigator with the Attorney General's Cyber Crimes Unit.

Investigators said DeLaGarza had condoms, restraints and a handgun with him.

William Noel Shrum, 25, of the Woodlands, was also indicted Nov. 30 on one count each of attempted aggravated sexual assault, online solicitation of a minor and attempted sexual performance by a child. Shrum was also indicted on five counts of possession of child pornography.

In 2002, Attorney General Abbott launched the Cyber Crimes Unit, which targets online predators by assuming the identities of young teenagers in Internet chat rooms, and the Fugitive Unit, which locates convicted child sex offenders who have violated the terms of their parole and could be stalking children.

The Attorney General's initiative has resulted in over 500 arrests of such offenders. His office also has obtained convictions against 52 men on child pornography charges.

"Texas will not tolerate criminals who prey upon children," said Attorney General Abbott. "The Cyber Crimes Unit will continue protecting young Texans by aggressively cracking down on sexual predators."


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