GALVESTON – A
Galveston County jury sentenced Aaron Quigg, 21, to five years’ community
supervision after finding him guilty on November 9, 2017, of online
solicitation of a minor.
Quigg’s jury trial began on Tuesday, November 7th,
in the 212th District Court. During the trial, Crimes against Children
Prosecutor Beverly Armstrong and felony prosecutor Ross Hill presented
witnesses and evidence detailing the crime. The evidence showed that the
Internet Crimes against Children (ICAC) task force conducted a multi-day
undercover sting operation focused on identifying and arresting individuals
engaged in exploiting children.
On November 16, 2016, Galveston Police Department
Detective Gaspard, while working undercover, received communication from Quigg.
During this communication, Quigg engaged in sexually explicit conversations and
agreed to meet with the intent to commit sexual acts with a minor. Over 400
electronic messages were entered into evidence detailing the
conversation. Quigg was 20 years old at the time of the offense.
After two days of testimony and arguments, the jury
retired to deliberate and returned Thursday morning with a guilty verdict. The
punishment phase immediately followed. During punishment, the State presented
testimony of League City Police Department Detective Austin Frakes. Detective
Frakes described how often these offenses occur in the real world and the
effect they have on real children. He further described how undercover
stings like the one leading to Quigg’s arrest are an effective preventive tool
to combat the issue.
The jury retired again to deliberate on punishment.
Quigg faced a penalty range of two years to twenty years in prison with the
possibility of receiving community supervision, because he had no prior felony
convictions. The jury returned a verdict that Quigg should be placed on
probation for five years. Quigg will also be required to register as a sex
offender each year for the next 10 years.
was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Beverly Armstrong and Ross Hill
in the 212th District Court, with Judge Patricia Grady presiding. The
investigation was conducted by the Houston Metro Internet Crimes against
Children Taskforce with the assistance of local agencies, including Galveston
Police Department, League City Police Department, Pearland Police Department,
Webster Police Department, Homeland Security, Harris County Sheriff’s Office,
La Marque Police Department, and Houston Police Department.