Ken Paxton

Friday, November 7, 2003

Attorney General Greg Abbott's Fugitive Unit Arrests Three El Paso Child Predators

EL PASO - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today announced the arrests of three El Paso child predators. Statewide, Abbott's Fugitive Unit, which targets child sex offender parole violators, has made 32 arrests in the past three months.

"There are no second chances for child sex offenders in Texas," said Attorney General Abbott. "Our success is sending a clear message to child predators all across the state of Texas - if you chose to violate your parole we will track you down and put you back in prison where you belong."

(Scott Walker, Dwayne Hinson, Gilbert Guerrero, Jr.)

The latest arrests included three men wanted in El Paso for parole violations. Investigators with the Attorney General's Fugitive Unit arrested Scott Walker, 43, on Tuesday. Walker was convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child in 1987. His victim was a five-year-old girl. Dwayne Hinson, 27, was arrested in El Paso on Monday. Hinson was convicted of indecency with a child. Information developed by Abbott's Fugitive Unit investigators also led Grand Prairie police to Gilbert Guerrero, Jr. Guerrero was wanted on a parole violation warrant in El Paso.

Attorney General Abbott started the Fugitive Unit in early August after the Texas Department of Criminal Justice reported nearly 200 child sex offenders on parole could not be located. Abbott's investigators have arrested 32 sexual predators in just thirteen weeks and other law enforcement agencies captured another 27 fugitives on the Attorney General's Wanted List.

"We must all be vigilant in the protection of our children from sexual predators. Our collaboration with other law enforcement agencies in Texas is giving us more weapons in the fight against these predators." Abbott said. "There is no greater importance than the safety of our children."

The El Paso Police Department's Sex Offender Registration and Tracking Team assisted the Fugitive Unit in their arrests of El Paso child predators. With help from the Governor's office, Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for Fugitive arrests. If you have information on any of the fugitives listed on the Attorney General's Web site, call 1(800) 252-TIPS (8477).