Ken Paxton

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Attorney General's Operation Missing Predator Nets 200th Arrest

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Fugitive Unit reached a milestone 200th Operation Missing Predator arrest on Wednesday. In May 2005, the Fugitive Unit launched the statewide operation to locate and arrest convicted sex offenders who fail to register with authorities.

Three years ago we launched an initiative to locate and arrest sex offenders who fail to register with authorities, Attorney General Greg Abbott said. To help law enforcement monitor dangerous sexual predators after their release from prison, the law requires these convicted criminals to register their name and residence address to authorities. Thanks to a cooperative effort between state, federal, and local authorities, Operation Missing Predator has put 200 missing sex offenders behind bars.

Convicted sex offenders are frequently required to register with their designated law enforcement agency, which in turn registers them with the Texas Department of Public Safety. By forcing released offenders to register with authorities, the state ensures that law enforcement and the general public are informed about both the convicts’ identities and location. Operation Missing Predator targets convicted sex offenders who either fail to register or fail to maintain up-to-date registration information.

The 200th offender arrested in Operation Missing Predator was taken into custody yesterday morning at his place of employment in Houston. The arrestee, Micky Len Hollaway, 52, was convicted in 1994 of indecency with a 5-year-old girl in Dallas County.

The OAG’s Fugitive Unit has arrested unregistered sex offenders throughout Texas, 14 other states, as well as in Monterrey, Mexico.

Depending upon the terms of their release from prison, sex offenders who fail to register with Texas law enforcement face minimum punishment of between 180 days to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine and a maximum punishment of two to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

The 200 Operation Missing Predator arrests are part of Attorney General Abbott’s efforts to protect Texas children from sexual predators. In 2003, he created the Cyber Crimes Unit, which protects children from online sexual exploitation. The Cyber Crimes Unit and the Fugitive Unit, which locates sex offenders who have violated the terms of their parole and could be stalking children, have combined to arrest more than 700 sex offenders.