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Online predator indicted on 12 offenses

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Online predator indicted on 12 offenses

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Sheriff’s Office seeks public’s help in locating other victims

KAUFMAN COUNTY–Taylor Craft, 24, of Forney, remains behind bars on $2,675,000 bond after Kaufman County Investigators identified at least 15 victims of the online predator.
Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office Investigators and the Texas Rangers are requesting the public’s assistance to identify any other children or teens that may have been contacted online or victimized by Taylor Craft. Anyone with information is asked to call the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office.
On May 31, Craft was indicted by a Kaufman County Grand Jury on 12 felony offenses. They are as follows:
• Sexual Assault of a Child – Felony II
•  Online Solicitation of a Minor – Felony II
• Online Solicitation of a Minor – Felony II
•  Publish/Threat to Publish Intimate Visual Material – State Jail Felony
• Publish/Threat to Publish Intimate Visual Material – State Jail Felony
•  Possession Child Pornography – Felony III
• Publish/Threat to Publish Intimate Visual Material – State Jail Felony
• Publish/Threat to Publish Intimate Visual Material – State Jail Felony
•  Possession Child Pornography – Felony III
•  Possession Child Pornography – Felony III
•  Sexual Assault Child – Felony II
•  Aggravated Sexual Assault Child – Felony I
Craft has pending charges in Dallas and Rockwall Counties as well.
In January 2019, KCSO received information from investigators of the Rocky Hill Police Department in Connecticut that an individual from Kaufman County had solicited nude photographs via Snapchat from an underage female in their jurisdiction. Jointly, KCSO and the Texas Rangers began an investigation.
Taylor Craft was identified as the individual who contacted numerous underage females via the social media site. It is believed that Craft also created and used a fictitious Snapchat account, under a female’s name to gain the confidence of his victims and over time would convince them to meet Craft.
Craft is reported to have threatened to expose the nude photos he had obtained if the victim refused his sexual advances.
Investigators have identified more than 15 victims. Investigators believe, based on the volume of photographs that were in Craft’s possession, there are many other victims who have yet to be identified.
Craft remains in custody in the Kaufman County Jail, with his bond set at $2,675,000.
Investigators encourage anyone who may have been approached or contacted by this individual to contact Investigator Jimmy Weisbruch at the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office at (972) 932-9735. You may also submit a tip to www.KaufmanCountyCrimeStoppers.org.

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