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Attorney General Abbott’s Fugitive Unit Arrests Del Valle Sex Offender Who Eluded the Law for 17 Years

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Fugitive Unit located and arrested a fugitive sex offender that has been wanted by authorities for more than 17 years.

Fugitive Unit investigators arrested Horace Lee Loggins, 67, in Del Valle for violating the terms of his probation and failing to register as a sex offender. In 1991, Loggins was convicted of indecency with a child by sexual contact in Travis County. The Travis County Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant for Loggins’ arrest in 1999 after he failed to register as a sex offender. A probation revocation warrant for Loggins’ arrest was originally issued in 1992. His arrest Thursday reflects the conclusion of a 17-year effort to locate and apprehend Loggins. He is currently in custody at the Travis County Jail.

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“For 17 years, this convicted sex offender failed to register with authorities, illegally violating the terms of his probation,” Attorney General Abbott said. “The subject’s arrest reflects the state’s ongoing effort to aggressively crack down on fugitive sex offenders who attempt to hide from authorities. We will continue working to protect Texas families by locating and arresting fugitive sex offenders who violate the law.”

The Fugitive Unit located and arrested the unregistered sex offender as part of Operation Missing Predator, the Attorney General’s ongoing statewide initiative to locate and arrest fugitives who fail to update or maintain their sex offender registration.

Attorney General Abbott’s Fugitive Unit works with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas Department of Public Safety and other law enforcement agencies to pinpoint and arrest fugitives with a history of sex crimes against children. These fugitives include those who have violated parole, probation or sex offender registration requirements. Since operations began in August 2003, the unit has arrested more than 1,000 fugitives.

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.