Thursday, October 30, 2003

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Attorney General Abbott's Fugitive Unit Arrests Two More Child Predators

SAN ANTONIO - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today announced the arrests of two more child predators in San Antonio. Since August, Abbott's Fugitive Unit has arrested nine Bexar County child sex offender parole violators, bringing to 26 the total number of child sex offenders arrested statewide by attorney general investigators.

"There are no second chances for parole violating 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 hide from authorities we will track you down and put you back in prison where you belong."

The latest arrests include two men in Bexar County. Investigators with the Attorney General's Fugitive Unit arrested 38-year-old Paul Ramirez Wednesday morning. Ramirez was wanted on a parole violation warrant after he failed to comply with the conditions of his parole after serving prison time for Indecency with a Child. Earlier this week, 37-year-old Felipe Apreciado was also arrested in San Antonio on a parole violation warrant. Both men are convicted child sex offenders and are currently being held in the Bexar County jail.


(Apreciado)

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 26 sexual predators in just twelve weeks and other law enforcement agencies captured another 25 fugitives on the Attorney General's Wanted List. One such arrest was made as a paroled child sex offender was watching children play at an Austin playground, a clear violation of his parole.

"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 innocence and safety of our children."

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 (800) 252-TIPS (8477).

For information about these and other fugitives, go to the main fugitives page.