*Hat Tip: Phillip King
Charles Scott Crowley, age 28, from Katy was arrested and charged with a litany of sex crimes against children, including the possession of child pornography and aggravated sexual assault of a child. He was also charged with super aggravated sexual assault of a child, meaning at least one of his victims is under the age of 6.
The arrest was a collaborative sting operation between multiple law enforcement agencies, said Bruce Moats, a cybercrime investigator with the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office.
The task force was comprised of investigators from the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office, Houston Cyber Investigations Group, Houston Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, Texas Department of Public Safety, Katy ISD Police Department, Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Office of Inspector General, Cy-Creek Tactical EMS and Child Safe Harbour of Montgomery County.
According to Moats, the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force began investigating Crowley in early April. Investigators in the task force allege that they discovered the pedophile searching for children online.
Upon Crowley’s arrest, authorities said, three victims, all young children, were rescued. The three children were victims of sexual assault, and at least one was under the age of 6, resulting in a charge of super aggravated sexual assault. The charge of super aggravated sexual assault carries a sentence of up to life in prison.
Two of the identified victims lived in Fort Bend County. The third was a resident of Montgomery County. According to Moats, authorities believe there are more victims that have yet to be identified.
A press release from the District Attorney’s Office said, “During this investigation, we have discovered that there may be other children who were victimized… While Crowley resided in the Katy area, his exposure and access to children could have occurred anywhere in Fort Bend County or elsewhere.”
“Our biggest priority right now is identifying other potential victims so they can get the help they need,” Moats said. “If anybody’s child has had contact with Crowley, please come forward. We absolutely believe there are more victims.”
Fort Bend County District Attorney Brian Middleton commended the work of the task force and added, “If you are seeking to harm our children, know that the Task Force is looking for you. If you seek to harm children in our county, know that the ICAC Task Force will find you and stop you, and we will be relentless in our prosecution of these crimes.”
Anyone with information about the super predator Charles Scott Crowley is encouraged to contact the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office or their local law enforcement agency, the press release said.