Human trafficking unit
In Johnson County, Peter Tkatschenko III was arrested Feb. 22 for two outstanding warrants for two counts of possession of child pornography. Tkatschenko III was transported to the Johnson County Jail without incident, after refusing an interview. The Burleson Police Department will follow up with additional charges for burglary.
Child exploitation unit
In Palo Pinto County, Travis Benton Bounds was arrested Feb. 11 on five arrest warrants for promotion of child pornography and pleaded guilty to five counts of possession of child pornography. He was sentenced to six years confinement. This case was referred by NCMEC CyberTipline Report.
In Trinity County, Timothy Michael Zawodny was arrested Feb. 22 for one count of possession of child pornography and one count of promotion of child pornography. Zawodny confessed to manufacturing child pornography where his 8-year-old daughter was the subject of the image. Zawodny was transported to the Trinity County Jail and booked without incident. Zawodny was also served with an arrest warrant for indecency with a child with sexual contact Feb. 23, after his 6-year-old daughter alleged that she was a victim of sexual contact by Zawodny. The additional charge was placed on Zawodny at the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office Jail, as Zawodny was already booked on CEU charges from the day prior. This case was received as a NCMEC CyberTipline.
Special crimes unit
In Gregg and Harrison County, Douglas Andrew Burks was arrested Feb. 24 after previously being indicted by a Gregg County grand jury on charges of theft — a second degree felony, misapplication of fiduciary property — a second degree felony, and false statement to obtain credit — a state jail felony. Burks is the president of White Oak Cemetery, Inc., a nonprofit, and is alleged to have misused approximately $300,000 in cemetery funds for personal gain. His home was seized pursuant to a seizure warrant. This case was referred by the White Oak Police Department for investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Dorian Cotlar. Sgt. Stan Head originally investigated this case and Sgt. Adam Madore is currently the lead investigator. Supervising Forensic Auditor Kyle Swihart completed the forensic audit for this case and members of the Special Crimes Unit.
Fugitive apprehension unit
In Bexar County, Rudy Cantu, a Mexican Mafia gang member, was arrested Feb. 18 for an outstanding warrant for felon in possession of a firearm by the Drug Enforcement Administration. The United States Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force assisted with this arrest.
In Bexar County, Ryatt Ryan Aguilar was arrested Feb. 18 for an outstanding warrant for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The United States Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force assisted with this apprehension.