THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS
Ken Paxton

Monday, February 22, 2010

Attorney General Abbott’s Fugitive Unit Arrests Child Sex Offender in Lufkin

LUFKIN Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Fugitive Unit investigators arrested previously convicted sex offender Jeremy Michael Evers, 34, of Wisconsin, in Lufkin last week. The defendant was arrested for failing to comply with sex offender registration requirements.

In 2001, Evers was convicted of second-degree sexual assault of a child. The victim was a 15-year-old female. The Wood County Sheriff’s Department in Wisconsin issued an arrest warrant for Evers after he moved to Texas and failed to notify the department of his address change.

The defendant attempted to sign-up with an online dating service, lied about his 2001 sexual assault conviction and was caught when the Web site conducted a background check, Attorney General Abbott said. Thanks to the background check, our Fugitive Unit was contacted and discovered that this registered sex offender failed to notify Wisconsin authorities before moving to Texas. This arrest reflects the Office of the Attorney General’s ongoing, multi-jurisdictional effort to locate and arrest sex offenders who violate registration requirements.

Fugitive Unit investigators made the arrest on Friday after receiving notice from an online dating service that Evers had denied having a felony conviction while attempting to activate a profile through the service’s Web site. The service conducts a background check in an effort to prevent sex offenders or felons from using its Web site. Fugitive Unit investigators discovered that Evers also maintained active profiles on MySpace.com and other social networking sites.

After arriving in Lufkin, Evers registered as a sex offender with the Angelina County Sheriff’s Department. As a result, he is not facing charges in Texas. Because he failed to comply with Wisconsin law, however, a warrant was issued for his arrest in that state. Evers was booked into the Angelina County Jail and will be extradited to Wisconsin.

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 locate 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.