Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Joel Burt Thompkins
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Thompkins was previously arrested in Dallas multiple times from 1979 to 1991. Those arrests stemmed from sexual assault, burglary of a habitation, dangerous drugs, robbery and evading arrest charges. Thompkins also was arrested in Dallas on December 12, 2009, for failing to comply with mandatory sex offender registration requirements.
In addition to his crimes in Texas, Thompkins also has a lengthy criminal history in New York. From 1987 to 2009, he was twice arrested on felony firearms charges and was the subject of multiple misdemeanor arrests for possession of controlled substance and burglary.
Attorney General Abbott’s Fugitive Unit works with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and other law enforcement agencies to locate and arrest fugitives with a history of sex crimes who have violated parole or sex offender registration requirements. Parole violations include failing to report to parole officers or being present in areas that might allow them access to young children. Since operations began in August 2003, the unit has arrested more than 1,900 fugitives.