Four accused predators arrested during child sex crime sting in Abilene

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ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Four accused predators were arrested during a child sex crime sting operation in Abilene Thursday.

The Abilene Police Department began their investigation in April, which eventually netted arrests from all around the Big Country, with more pending. 

 A press release states, “agents began an undercover operation, targeting individuals using public web pages and internet sites targeting minors.”

The four individuals were arrested on the following charges: 

  • Chris William Cox, 50, of Abilene – Second Degree Felony Sexual Performance of a Child, Third Degree Felony Online Solicitation of a Minor
  • Russell Alan Baize, 63, of Stamford –  Third Degree Felony Online Solicitation of a Minor, Class B Misdemeanor Prostitution
  • Hayden Scott Byers, 21, of Merkel – Second Degree Felony Sexual Performance by a Child
  • Stephen Jeffrey Lee Darneal, 22, of Brownwood – Second Degree Felony, Sexual Performance by a​​​​​​​ Child. 

The Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigations assisted in taking these men into custody.

Electronic devices and a vehicle were seized and booked into evidence. 

Additional arrests are expected as the investigation continues. 

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