Attorney General Abbott's Fugitive Unit Nabs Three Predators In El Paso Sweep
AUSTIN Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Fugitive Unit arrested three child predators during a recent sweep in El Paso. Of those arrested, one was a convicted sex offender who had violated the terms of his parole and the other two had failed to follow mandatory sex offender registration laws.
El Paso is safer with these predators off the streets, Attorney General Abbott said. I am grateful to the El Paso Police Department and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office who helped us track down these offenders and put them back behind bars.
The following were arrested for failing to follow state-mandated sex offender registration requirements:
Manuel Martinez, 52, was arrested on Aug. 31. Martinez was sentenced to two years in prison in 1973 after being convicted in El Paso County of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old female. After being released, he failed to maintain sex offender registration requirements, prompting an arrest warrant to be issued in November 2000.
While investigating an Aug. 23 arrest warrant against Benjamin Dominguez, 38, for failing to register as a sex offender, Fugitive Unit investigators discovered he was incarcerated in a New Mexico prison. Dominguez will be arrested immediately upon his release from that prison and brought to El Paso County. In 2001, Dominguez was sentenced to two years in prison after being convicted in El Paso County of indecency with a child by exposure. The victim was a 14-year-old female.
In addition, Fugitive Unit investigators arrested Benjamin Silva, 53, on Aug. 25. Silva was convicted in 1983 of committing a lewd and lascivious act on a young girl in Florida. In November 2003, he was sentenced to three years in prison after being convicted in El Paso County of driving while intoxicated. He was released from prison earlier this year but failed to comply with the conditions of his parole. He had been wanted since Aug. 23.
Cracking down on sexual predators is a top priority of Attorney General Abbott’s administration. His Cyber Crimes and Fugitive units have arrested 315 sexual predators since he took office in December 2002. The Cyber Crimes Unit, which targets online predators, has made 63 arrests to date. The Fugitive Unit, which locates convicted child sex offenders who have violated parole and could be stalking children, has arrested 219. In addition, the Fugitive Unit has arrested 33 unregistered sex offenders as part of Operation Missing Predator, a statewide initiative launched in April to locate and arrest convicted sex offenders who are not in compliance with sex offender registration requirements.
To find out more about Attorney General Abbott’s efforts to crack down on sex offenders, visit the agency’s Web site at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.