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Attorney General's Fugitive Unit Sweep Leads to 10 Arrests; More than 600 Convicted Sex Offenders Arrested in Four Years

SAN ANTONIO – During a weeklong Bexar County fugitive crackdown, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Fugitive Unit arrested nine previously convicted sex offenders and facilitated the arrest of a tenth fugitive hiding in Missouri. The sweep’s results add to the more than 600 sex predator arrests made by the Attorney General’s Fugitive and Cyber Crimes units, highlighting the success of more than four years of dedicated law enforcement.

The Attorney General’s investigators, in cooperation with local, state and federal law enforcement officials, arrested four previously convicted sex offenders for violating their parole terms. Six men were arrested for violating Texas sex offender registration requirements.

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“Protecting children is our highest priority,” Attorney General Abbott said. “Texans expect law enforcement to closely monitor dangerous sex predators. The Fugitive Unit will continue its aggressive crackdown on violent felons and missing parolees who pose a threat to our children.”

Attorney General Abbott added: “Thanks to a cooperative effort between the Fugitive Unit, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office and federal authorities, 10 dangerous criminals are behind bars. We also extend our appreciation to Missouri law enforcement officers for helping us with this operation.”

Parole Violators

Among the four previously convicted sex offenders arrested by the Fugitive Unit for parole violations was John Parker Curl, 56. Curl was apprehended Aug. 7 in San Antonio for smoking marijuana, having unauthorized contact with children and accessing an Internet chat room by telephone. In 1994, Curl was sentenced to 15 years in prison after being convicted in Somervell County of indecency with a child. His victim was a 15-year-old male relative.

Parole Violators
Michael Williams
Michael Williams
Video of  arrest
Video of Williams' arrest
John Curl
John Curl
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Video of Curl's arrest

The Fugitive Unit also arrested Michael Williams, 48, Aug. 6 in San Antonio for violating parole curfew restrictions and unlawfully entering a child safety zone. In 1989, Williams was sentenced to 20 years in prison after being convicted in Ector County of indecency with three young girls.

Parole violators arrested in the Bexar County roundup include:

• Juan Rosa, 32, arrested Aug. 7 in San Antonio
• Oscar Torres, Jr., 25, arrested Aug. 6 in San Antonio

Parole Violators
Juan Rosa
Juan Rosa
Video of arrest
Video of Rosa's arrest
Oscar Torres, Jr.
Oscar Torres, Jr.

Unregistered Sex Offenders

The Fugitive Unit also tracked down six unregistered sex offenders as part of Operation Missing Predator, the Attorney General’s ongoing statewide initiative to locate and arrest fugitives who fail to update or maintain sex offender registration.

Unregistered sex offenders arrested by the Fugitive Unit in the Bexar County roundup include:

• Michael Anthony Bosquez, 24, arrested Aug. 9 in San Antonio
• Walberto Garcia, 71, arrested Aug. 9 in San Antonio
• Rolando Magana, 41, arrested Aug. 7 in San Antonio
• Brian Michael Powell, 29, arrested Oct. 13, 2006 (currently serving federal sentence)
• Thomas M. Thiergart, 46, arrested Aug. 8 in San Antonio

Fugitive Unit investigators also located convicted sex offender Robert Quincy Johnson IV, 58, in Warsaw, Mo. Investigators notified Missouri law enforcement officers, who arrested Johnson Aug. 2. In 1992, Johnson was sentenced to six years in a Texas prison for sexually victimizing an 11-year-old girl.

Unregistered Sex Offender Arrests
Walberto Garcia
Walberto Garcia
Video of arrest
Video of arrest
Rolando Magana
Rolando Magana
Video of arrest
Video of arrest
Michael Bosquez
Michael Bosquez
Brian Powell
Brian Powell
Thomas Thiergart
Thomas Thiergart
Robert Johnson IV
Robert Johnson

The Fugitive Unit worked closely with the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office and the San Antonio Police Department. The Attorney General’s investigators also worked with the U.S. Marshals Office and the Benton County Sheriff’s Office in Missouri. to secure warrants and make arrests.

Attorney General Abbott’s Fugitive Unit works with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and other law enforcement agencies to pinpoint and arrest fugitives with a history of sex crimes against children 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 500 sex offenders.

To find out more about Attorney General Abbott’s efforts to crack down on sex predators, visit the Attorney General’s Web site at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov or call (800) 252-8011.