Thursday, September 21, 2006

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Attorney General Abbott's Fugitive Unit Arrests Nine Convicted Child Sex Offenders In Metroplex Operation

FORT WORTH – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Fugitive Unit arrested nine convicted child sex offenders during a one-week fugitive roundup operation in North Texas. Investigators, with the assistance of the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office and the Fort Worth Police Department, arrested four men for violating Texas Sex Offender registration requirements and five men for parole violations.

“The Fugitive Unit has made tremendous strides in rounding up missing parolees who once committed sexual crimes against children,” said Attorney General Abbott. “As our just-concluded roundup of predators in the Dallas/Fort Worth area shows, we must continue to pursue these felons. I appreciate the strong support of the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office and the Fort Worth Police Department during the course of this operation.”

Parole Violators
Franklin Ephriam
Franklin Ephriam
Vincent Flores
Vincent Flores
Clifton Wyrick
Clifton Wyrick
Craig Savage
Craig Savage
Jesse Thompson
Jesse Kane Thompson
These convicted child sex offenders were arrested after violating their parole.

The highly successful sweep included the Sept. 12 arrest of convicted child sex predator Franklin Ephriam, 56, of Dallas, who was unlawfully in the presence of children after serving his sentence for the aggravated sexual assault of an 11-year-old child in 1987 in Dallas County.

The Fugitive Unit also caught up with Jesse Kane Thompson, 28, of Dallas, who absconded from a halfway house after being sentenced to ten years in prison for victimizing a 7-year-old child in 1997 in Dallas County. Thompson turned himself in to the Dallas County Jail on Sept. 18 following an investigation by the Fugitive Unit.

Additional arrests for parole violation included Dallas residents Vincent Flores, 38, on Sept. 12; Clifton Charles Wyrick, 56, on Sept. 13; and Craig Patterson Savage, 42, on Sept. 13.

Unregistered Sex Offenders
Elijah Darnell
Elijah Darnell
Jesirahn Young
Jesirahn Young
Jonathan Gay
Jonathan Gay
Timothy Hall
Timothy Hall
These convicted sex offenders were arrested after failing to register as a sex offender.

The four unregistered sex offenders were caught by the Fugitive Unit in connection with Operation Missing Predator, a statewide initiative launched in April 2005 by the Attorney General’s office to locate and arrest convicted sex offenders who are not registered.

Fugitive Unit officers arrested Jes-Irahn Henley Young, 27, in Arlington, on Sept. 12; Jonathan James Gay, 20, in Euless, on Sept. 14; and Eligah Darnell, 36, in Fort Worth, on Sept. 14.

Timothy Eugene Hall, 24, turned himself in to the Fort Worth Police Department on Sept. 18 after an investigation by the Fugitive Unit.

The Attorney General’s Fugitive Unit works with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and other law enforcement agencies to pinpoint and arrest fugitives who have violated parole and could be stalking children. Parole violations include failing to report to parole officers, being absent without permission or being present in areas that might allow them access to young children. The unit has arrested over 420 sex offenders, including 25 Louisiana criminals with outstanding warrants who fled to Texas during Hurricane Katrina.

Attorney General Abbott also established the Cyber Crimes Unit in 2003 to track down child predators on the Internet. Cyber Crimes Unit investigators assume the identity of underage teens in Internet chat rooms, which often leads to child predators soliciting them for sex and then attempting to meet them. To date, the unit has netted 88 arrests in 14 Texas counties and Indonesia.

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.