Victoria undercover operation leads to arrest for Internet sex crime

March 2, 2012 at 8:03 p.m.
Updated March 2, 2012 at 9:03 p.m.

A 37-year-old Pineville, W.Va., man pleaded guilty Wednesday to transporting images via the Internet of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Danny Boye Cook believed he was communicating with a 12-year-old Victoria boy on Facebook, however, the person behind the computer was an undercover officer, according to a news release from the FBI.

The undercover operation was conducted by the Victoria Police Department, Victoria County Sheriff's Officer and Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

The communication led to Cook sending the undercover officer 19 images and four videos of minor boys engaged in sexual acts.

A possession of his computer revealed more than 600 other images and video of other minor sexual acts, according to the news release.

Cook faces a minimum of five to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine and a lifetime of supervised release when he is sentenced on July 12.



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