Wichita Falls native and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott continues working hard at his job as his prosecutors obtained a 60-year prison sentence against a man convicted of pornography promotion, according to the Office of the Texas Attorney General today, Tuesday, Aug. 13. Abbott's office continues to perform at a high level even while the top law enforcement official of the Lone Star State is campaigning to become the first Wichita Falls native to serve as governor.
He must first secure the Republican nomination in the spring of 2014 before winning the general election in November of the same year. No Democrat has yet announced to run.
Stephen Wayne Sudduth, 38, a former Texas elementary school teacher, today officially had his legal address changed from Sealy, Texas, to the penitentiary system. The stellar Cyber Crimes Unit of Abbott's office arrested Sudduth after discovering more than 57,000 illicit images and 1,000 videos on Sudduth's computers and external media devices. He was a teacher before he was arrested in 2009.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), made a referral to the AG's Cyber Crimes Unit which led to the investigation. Sudduth was indicted in October of 2009 by an Austin grand jury on 30 counts of possession of child pornography and 10 counts of promotion of child pornography.
Assistant Attorney General Brenda Cantu, who works for Abbott, prosecuted the case to its successful conclusion today.
Abbott recently appeared in Wichita Falls at the home in which he lived at the time of his birth. A large crowd greeted him and lined several streets extending from his boyhood home on Randel Drive.
State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, recently said she would decide by Labor Day whether she would run for governor or for re-election to her senate seat. She fillibustered a special session of the Texas Legislature in an attempt to derail legislation aimed at limiting abortions in Texas and as a result became a darling of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party nationwide. Several national Democratic leaders attended a fundraiser for her in Washington D.C.
Abbott reportedly has raised $21 million for his campaign so far while Davis' contribution totals are not known.
Abbott continues to be the favorite to win the governor's race based on his excellent record in the AG's office protecting victims of crimes in the Lone Star State.
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