Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Cyber Crimes Unit investigators arrested Alvarado in November 2003 after he used an Internet chat room to solicit a person he thought was a 14-year-old girl for sex. He drove from Austin to Bastrop County for the meeting, but the girl was actually an undercover Cyber Crimes Unit investigator who had been chatting with him online. As part of Alvarado’s June 2004 sentence to 10 years probation on a charge of criminal solicitation of a minor, he was ordered not to access the Internet in any way, including possessing computer software that enabled online access.
In February 2005, Cyber Crimes investigators found Alvarado logged in to a chat room under the same screen name that he had used prior to his arrest. After confirming Alvarado’s identity and that he was using software to access the Internet for long periods of time, investigators worked with the Bastrop County Supervision and Corrections Department and the Bastrop County District Attorney to obtain an arrest warrant for a probation violation.
The Cyber Crimes Unit discovered that Alvarado had moved to Queens, N.Y., and that he was being supervised there. Investigators contacted Alvarado’s New York probation officer on Aug. 9, and officers with the Queens Warrant Squad of the New York Police Department arrested him on Aug. 16. He was transported to Bastrop County on Sept. 16 by the U.S. Marshals Service and is currently in the Bastrop County Jail.
Cracking down on sexual predators is a top priority of Attorney General Abbott’s administration. His Cyber Crimes and Fugitive units have arrested more than 320 sexual predators since he took office in December 2002. The Cyber Crimes Unit, which targets online predators, has made 63 arrests to date. The Fugitive Unit, which locates convicted child sex offenders who have violated the terms of their parole and could be stalking children, has arrested 223. In addition, the Fugitive Unit has arrested 35 unregistered sex offenders as part of Operation Missing Predator, a statewide initiative launched in April to locate and arrest convicted sex offenders who are not in compliance with sex offender registration requirements.
To find out more about Attorney General Abbott’s efforts to crack down on sexual predators, visit the Attorney General’s Web site at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov or call (800) 252-8011.