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Attorney General Abbott Helps Bring Sex Offender Back To Texas After He Fled To Mexico

LAREDO – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Fugitive Unit today took into custody an unregistered sex offender from Jefferson County after investigators helped track him down in Mexico.

David Wayne Reckaway, 42, was turned over to the Fugitive Unit at the border in Laredo on Jan. 13 after being arrested by Mexican authorities at a Monterrey, Mexico, airport construction site earlier in the day. Reckaway was wanted for failing to register with Jefferson County officials, and for violating his probation in connection with a burglary conviction. The Attorney General’s office worked with Mexican officials, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in apprehending Reckaway.

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David Reckaway
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Jan. 13 arrest

“This arrest again shows that while sex offenders may try to duck registration requirements, in the end we will find them and hold them accountable,” Attorney General Abbott said. “I greatly appreciate the local, U.S. and Mexican officials who helped bring this man back to face justice in Texas.”

In 1986, Reckaway was sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted in Jefferson County of sexually assaulting a 25-year-old woman. After serving his sentence, he was required to register annually as a sex offender upon his release from prison. He last registered in 2003 with Jefferson County officials but has failed to do so since that time.

Reckaway also pleaded guilty in 2002 to a burglary charge in Jefferson County, for which he received a 10-year probation sentence. He had been wanted since November 2003 for failing to report to his probation officer.

After taking him into custody, Fugitive Unit officers took Reckaway to the Webb County Jail, where he is awaiting transportation to Jefferson County.

Cracking down on sexual predators is a top priority of Attorney General Abbott’s administration. The Fugitive Unit, which locates convicted child sex offenders who have violated the terms of their parole and could be stalking children, has arrested 257 of these parolees. The Fugitive Unit has also arrested 38 unregistered sex offenders and another 18 men and women in other operations. The Cyber Crimes Unit, which tracks down individuals who use the Internet to solicit meetings with children for sex, has arrested 71 of these predators since Abbott took office in December 2002.

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.