Tuesday, February 3, 2009

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Attorney General's Fugitive Unit Arrests Five Convicted Sex Offenders In Coastal Bend Sweep

CORPUS CHRISTI – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today released the names of five convicted sexual predators who were arrested during his Fugitive Unit’s Coastal Bend operation. Three of the fugitives were arrested for failing to comply with sex offender registration requirements. Two suspects were child sex offenders who violated their parole.

“While conducting a sex offender apprehension operation in the greater Corpus Christi area, the Fugitive Unit located and arrested five previously convicted sex offenders who were wanted by authorities,” Attorney General Abbott said. “Last week’s arrests reflect a concerted law enforcement effort to crack down on sex offenders in Coastal Bend counties. The Fugitive Unit will continue working to locate wanted criminals – and in the process, make Coastal Bend neighborhoods safer for young Texans.”

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Rodolfo Castillo
Rodolfo Castillo
Charles Mitchell
Charles Mitchell
John Campos
John Campos
Daniel Gonzalez
Daniel Gonzalez

The suspects arrested last week are:

• Rodolfo Castillo, 51, who was convicted in Nueces County of aggravated sexual assault of a child, was sentenced to 16 years in prison in 1988. The victim was a 6-year-old male family member. On Jan. 13, 2009, a parole violation warrant was issued after Castillo assaulted his current girlfriend. Acting on that warrant, the Fugitive Unit arrested Castillo on Jan. 27, 2009;
• John Michael Campos, 44, was convicted in 1996 of indecency with a child by sexual contact and sentenced to 12 years in prison. The Bee County victim was a 13-year-old female. The Fugitive Unit arrested Campos on Jan. 26, 2009, in Victoria. He was wanted for failing to report to his parole officer;
• Charles Edward Mitchell, 59, was convicted in 1999 of indecency with a child by sexual contact and sentenced to 6 years in prison. The Jackson County victim was a 6-year-old girl. The Fugitive Unit arrested Mitchell on Jan. 26, 2009, in Corpus Christi. He was wanted for failing to register as a sex offender;
• Daniel Escobar Gonzalez, 40, was convicted in 1991 of aggravated sexual assault and sentenced to 16 years in prison. The Nueces County victim was a 21-year-old female stranger. The Fugitive Unit arrested Gonzalez on Jan. 27, 2009, in Falfurrias. He was wanted for failing to register as a sex offender; and,
• Paul Burton Jones, 57, was discovered to be in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service in Houston. Jones was convicted in Oklahoma County, Okla. in 1997 of two counts of trafficking in child pornography and sentenced to 80 months in prison and three years parole. A warrant for Jones’ arrest was issued on July 17, 2008, by the Corpus Christi Police Department after he failed to comply with sex offender registration requirements.

In 2003, Attorney General Abbott created the Fugitive Unit to locate and arrest convicted sex offenders who either failed to register with local authorities or violated their parole conditions. Four years later, the Texas Legislature authorized additional funding to establish Fugitive Unit regional offices in Fort Worth and Houston giving the Attorney General a greater presence across the state.

Since its creation, the Fugitive Unit has arrested 557 convicted child sex offenders violating parole and 315 unregistered sex offenders. In the Coastal Bend area, the unit has arrested seven convicted child sex offenders violating parole and 16 unregistered sex offenders.

The Fugitive Unit has made arrests in 89 Texas counties, 18 other states and three cities in Mexico.

To find out more about Attorney General Abbott’s efforts to crack down on sex offenders, visit the Attorney General’s Web site at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.