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Dallas area ACT/SAT Prep Business Owner Arrested for Failure to Comply With Sex Offender Registration Requirements

AUSTIN Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's Fugitive Unit assisted the Cedar Hill Police Department in the arrest of an ACT/SAT test preparation service owner for failing to comply with sex offender registration requirements. In 2003, John Joseph Stuart, 32, was ordered to register as a sex offender and was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually exploiting a minor in Arizona.

Stuart was released in November 2004. However, he failed to comply with sex offender registration requirements by not reporting his ACT / SAT employment address to Cedar Hill authorities, who issued a warrant for his arrest Thursday.

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To date, the Attorney General’s Fugitive Unit has arrested 332 child sex offenders for failing to comply with sex offender registration requirements.

Since taking office, Attorney General Abbott has earned a national reputation for aggressively arresting and prosecuting sexual predators. In addition to arrest roundups, Abbott also launched a series of town hall meetings statewide to educate parents and teenagers about the kind of criminal activity that goes on in connection with Internet diaries, chat rooms and social networking sites. Thousands of concerned Texans turned out at venues across the state to participate in the interactive presentation about the risks of online predators and the steps parents can take to protect their children online.

To find out more about Attorney General Abbott’s efforts to crack down on sexual predators, visit the agency’s Web site at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov or call (800) 252-8011.