Friday, October 31, 2003

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Attorney General Greg Abbott's Fugitive Unit Arrests Four Child Sex Predators This Week

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today announced the arrest of another child sex offender in Central Texas. The arrest is the fourth this week and brings the total number of arrested child sex predators by Abbott's Fugitive Unit to 28.


Robert Golden, Paul Ramirez, Johnny Ray, Jr., Felipe Apreciado)

"There are no second chances for child sex offenders in Texas," said Attorney General Abbott. "We're sending a clear message to child predators all across the state of Texas - if you chose to hide from authorities we will track you down and put you back in prison where you belong."

The latest arrests include three men in Bexar County and another in Bastrop County. 41-year-old Robert Eugene Golden was arrested Thursday night in Bastrop County. Golden was convicted of Indecency with a Child, his victim was an 11-year-old old boy. Investigators with the Attorney General's Fugitive Unit, Thursday, also arrested 38-year-old Paul Ramirez and 43-year-old Johnny Ray, Jr. Both men were wanted for parole violations. Earlier this week, 37-year-old Felipe Apreciado was also arrested in San Antonio on a parole violation warrant. All four men are convicted child sex offenders.

Attorney General Abbott started the Fugitive Unit in early August after the Texas Department of Criminal Justice reported nearly 200 child sex offenders on parole could not be located. Abbott's investigators have arrested 28 sexual predators in just twelve weeks and other law enforcement agencies captured another 25 fugitives on the Attorney General's Wanted List.

Attorney General Abbott today also applauded the efforts of three counties in the Texas Panhandle. Probation officers are planning surprise visits to sex offenders this Halloween.

"If just one child is protected because of this crackdown on child sex offenders, the effort is well worth it," Abbott said. "We need to be vigilant every night, but especially on nights like Halloween when children are more susceptible to being targeted."

The Lubbock County Probation office will be targeting more than 100 child sex offenders in their Project Lights Out campaign. Lubbock County is imposing a strict 6 p.m. curfew, ordering all sex offenders to be at home with their lights turned off and curtains drawn. Officers in Potter and Tom Green counties will also be making surprise visits to sex offenders.

"I want to thank Potter County Adult Probation Director Terry Easterling for starting this program last year and applaud Lubbock and Tom Green county officials for launching their own sex offender crackdowns," said Abbott. "We all need to do whatever is necessary to make sure these child predators don't leave more victims in their wake."

To find out more about registered sex offenders living in your neighborhood visit the Texas Department of Public Safety Web site, your local police department website.

For information about these and other fugitives, go to the main fugitives page.