Category Archives: Human Trafficking

ATTORNEY GENERAL PAXTON’S LAW ENFORCEMENT ROUND-UP: NOVEMBER 1–15, 2022

.jpg photo of Texas Attorney General LogoCHILD EXPLOITATION UNIT

In Montgomery County, Francisco Sauceda was arrested on November 9 on one count of promotion of child pornography and four counts of possession of child pornography. Child Exploitation Unit investigators executed a search warrant at Sauceda’s residence, where Sauceda was located and arrested. Investigators seized multiple digital media devices to be examined by the Digital Forensics Unit. Sauceda admitted to ownership of the accounts and the existence of contraband material on his computer and external hard drives. This case was received from multiple National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) CyberTipline reports regarding the upload of child pornography to two different social media accounts.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING UNIT

In Taylor County, Hai Zhuang was arrested on November 2 on one count of trafficking of persons. The case involves allegations of trafficking a person who was previously employed at a local restaurant in Abilene. The OAG Fugitive Apprehension Unit out of Austin and the Abilene Police Department assisted with the arrest.

 FUGITIVE APPREHENSION UNIT

In Bexar County, Joseph Moss was arrested on November 14 for violating the terms of his parole by changing residences without permission.  Moss was previously convicted of continuous violence against family members and sentenced to two years of probation. Probation was later revoked, and Moss was sentenced to two years in prison.

In Bexar County, Demond Purvis was arrested on November 2 on four counts of possession, distribution, or manufacturing of Schedule II narcotics; eight counts of possession, distribution, or manufacturing of Schedule I narcotics; and criminal conspiracy.  Purvis also had an additional outstanding warrant for escape.  The United States Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force out of San Antonio assisted with the arrest.

In Bexar County, Francisco Angel Martinez was arrested on November 1 on outstanding warrants for sexual assault of a child and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The United States Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force out of San Antonio assisted with the arrest.

In Brazoria County, Moises Ulises Ramirez was arrested on November 15 on an outstanding warrant for continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14. The Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force assisted with the arrest.

In Brazoria County, Steve Saldana was arrested on November 15 for violating the terms of his parole by failing to report and having unauthorized contact with children.  Saldana was previously convicted of indecency with a child and sentenced to nine years in prison.  
In Collin County, Brandon Isaac Soliz was arrested on November 4 on an outstanding warrant for sexual assault of a child.

In Dallas County, Jeremy Windell Green was arrested on November 2 on an outstanding warrant for indecency with a child. 

In Denton County, Richard Joe Burns was arrested on November 7 on an outstanding warrant for indecency with a child involving sexual contact.

In Ellis County, John Henry Dueker was arrested on November 3 for failing to maintain sex offender registration requirements. Dueker was previously convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child and sentenced to two years in prison.

In Galveston County, Broderick Earl Grimes was arrested on November 15 on an outstanding warrant for assaulting a member of his family or household and causing bodily injury while also having previous convictions. The Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force assisted with the arrest.

In Galveston County, Marquise Rashaze Champion was arrested on November 7 on an outstanding warrant for enhanced assault of a family member. The Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force assisted with the arrest.

In Galveston County, Mitchell Dillon Mcardle was arrested on November 7 on an outstanding warrant for enhanced assault of a family member. The Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force out of Galveston assisted with the arrest.

In Gregg County, Henry Virgil Tyner, Jr. was arrested on November 7 on an outstanding warrant for homicide. The Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force assisted with the arrest.

In Harris County, Sidney William Walker was arrested on November 7 on an outstanding warrant for aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14.

In Harris County, Marcus Allen Jones was arrested on November 7 for violating the terms of his parole by having unauthorized contact with a child. Jones was previously convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child and two counts of robbery and sentenced to 12 years in prison.

In Harris County, Carl Wayne Chambers was arrested on November 4 for violating the terms of his parole by incurring a GPS monitor violation. Chambers was previously convicted of sexual assault of a child and sentenced to five years in prison. Chambers was also convicted of murder and sentenced to 45 years in prison.

In Harris County, Andrew Scott Helmer was arrested on November 1 for violating the terms of his parole by violating his Halloween restrictions. Helmer was previously convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child and sentenced to 15 years in prison. The United States Marshals Service and the Gulf Coast Violent Offender and Fugitive Task Force assisted with the arrest.

In McLennan County, Gary Lyndon Harmon was arrested on November 4 for failing to maintain sex offender registration requirements. The Woodway Police Department arrested Harmon after information leading to his arrest was provided by the OAG Fugitive Apprehension Unit. Harmon was previously convicted of indecency with a child by contact and sentenced to ten years of probation.

In Tarrant County, Anselmo Muro Morales was arrested on November 10 for failing to maintain sex offender registration requirements as well as for having an outstanding warrant for probation violation. Morales was previously convicted of online solicitation of a minor and sentenced to 60 months of probation.

In Tarrant County, Gordie Dean Bennett was arrested on November 4 for failing to maintain sex offender registration requirements. Bennett was previously convicted of indecency with a child by sexual contact and sentenced to six years in prison. Bennett is currently on parole after being convicted for failing to register as a sex offender, for which he was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

In Tarrant County, Trent Xavier Hodges was arrested on November 4 for violating the terms of his parole by absconding. Hodges was previously convicted of two counts of manufacturing or delivering a controlled substance and sentenced to three years in prison.  

In Tarrant County, Vincent Earl West was arrested on November 2 on an outstanding warrant for indecency with a child.

In Taylor County, Raun Hunter was arrested on November 2 for violating the terms of his parole by failing to report. At the time of arrest, Hunter was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and a new charge of possession of a controlled substance was filed. Hunter was previously convicted of invasive visual recording and credit card abuse and sentenced to eight years in prison. 

In Taylor County, Karl Ivison McCoy was arrested on November 1 for violating the terms of his parole by absconding from his halfway house. McCoy was previously convicted of possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and sentenced to six years in prison.  

In Travis County, Sergio Reyna, a confirmed Mexican Mafia gang member, was arrested on November 7 on an outstanding warrant for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The United States Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force out of Austin assisted with the arrest.

In Travis County, Ja Vaughn Clarke was arrested on November 4 on an outstanding warrant for murder. The United States Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force out of Austin assisted with the arrest.

In Travis County, Michael Lozano was arrested on November 4 on an outstanding warrant for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The United States Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force out of Austin assisted with the arrest.

In Van Zandt County, John Raymond Mitts was arrested on November 7 on an outstanding warrant for a supervised release violation related to possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. The Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force assisted with the arrest.

In Williamson County, Reginald Pittman was arrested on November 14 on an outstanding warrant for indecency with a child. The United States Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force out of Austin assisted with the arrest.

In Williamson County, Santos Donau Vasques Mendez was arrested on November 2 on an outstanding warrant for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The United States Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force out of Austin assisted with the arrest.  

TX AG Teams Round Up Child Predators

.jpg photo of Texas Attorney General LogoAG Paxton’s Law Enforcement Round Up

April 1, 2022

HUMAN TRAFFICKING UNIT

In Smith County, Brandon Lee Mon Johnson pled guilty to continuous trafficking of persons and sexual assault of a child on February 28 in Smith County.  Johnson was sentenced to 40 years confinement in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison.

CHILD EXPLOITATION UNIT

In Bexar County, Mel Alan Loeffler was arrested on March 3 on five counts of possession of child pornography. Loeffler provided a voluntary statement and confessed to downloading and viewing images and videos of child pornography.  He was then transported to the Bexar County Jail where he was booked without incident.  This case was received as a NCMEC CyberTipline Report.

In Bexar County, Rudy Jesse Garza was arrested on March 2 for one count of possession of child pornography.  Garza was transported to the Bexar County Jail where he was booked without incident and will appear before a magistrate.  This case was received as a NCMEC CyberTipline report.

In Brazos County, Wayne Marcus Silva was arrested on March 8 after being charged with three counts of possession of child pornography.  The 49 year-old Brazos County resident gave a full confession to posing as a 16-year-old male to communicate via social media with a 12-year-old female in Seattle.  Silva requested the child send him nude photographs and videos of herself.  Silva’s case will be presented to a Brazos County grand jury for five counts of possession of child pornography and sexual performance by a child.  This apprehension first came as a referral from the Seattle Washington Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Taskforce.

In Kerr County, Christopher Allen Cuellar pled guilty to three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child, three counts of indecency with a child through sexual contact, and two counts of promotion of child pornography on March 1.  Cuellar is scheduled for a sentencing hearing in May.  This case was referred from a proactive undercover ICAC investigation from North Carolina.

In McLennan County, a Grand Jury returned a one-count indictment for possession of visual depictions of sexual activities by minors against Steven Rathbun on March 8.  This case was referred by the NCMEC CyberTipline report.

In Williamson County, Aidan Wix was sentenced to 10 years deferred adjudication on four counts of possession of child pornography on March 2.  He confessed that he downloaded and possessed multiple images of child pornography.  Wix was previously arrested on four counts of possession of child pornography.

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Texas Attorney General Law Enforcement Roundup

.jpg photo of Texas Attorney General LogoTX AG Paxton’s Law Enforce­ment Round Up

February 23, 2022 Press Release

HUMAN TRAFFICKING UNIT

In Bexar County, a suspect was arrested on January 25 for a probation violation and the suspect’s cell phone was seized as evidence in connection with a child pornography investigation.  The Office of the Attorney General’s (OAG) Fugitive and Human Trafficking Units made the arrest.  The OAG will be the lead agency for this investigation.

FUGITIVE APPREHENSION UNIT

In Multiple Regions, during the month of January, the OAG Fugitive Apprehension Unit (FAU) conducted a roundup focusing on parole violators on parole for sex offenses, or those previously arrested for sex offenses, those wanted for failure to register as a sex offender, and suspects wanted by local agencies for various sex offenses.  Of the 112 total arrests made by FAU in the month of January, 42 met the roundup criteria.

In Bell County, Antonio Trevino was arrested on February 2 for violating the conditions of his parole by incurring monitor violations.  Trevino was previously convicted of assault, injury to a child, serious bodily injury with a deadly weapon and was sentenced to life in prison.

In Bexar County, Michael Rene Rodriguez was indicted on December 21 by a Bexar County Grand Jury on five counts of possession of child pornography.  Rodriguez was subsequently arrested on all five counts.  The Digital Forensics Unit assisted in this investigation.

In Bexar County, Norberto Lazaro Delagarza, a Tango Laredo (Larete) Gang member, was arrested on February 1 for violating the conditions of his parole by absconding and on an outstanding federal warrant for probation violation for dangerous drugs.  Delagarza was previously convicted of manufacturing delivery of a controlled substance, a 1st degree felony, and was sentenced to 18 months in prison, plus 10 years of probation.  In 2016, his probation was revoked, and he was sentenced to 10 years in prison.  The United States Marshals Service and the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force assisted in this arrest.

In Bexar County, Quincey Alexander Daniels was arrested on February 2 for violating the conditions of his parole by being indicted for the charge of a felon in possession of a firearm.  Daniels was previously convicted of burglary of a habitation, a 2nd degree felony and was sentenced to 10 years of probation.  In 2018, his probation was revoked, and he was sentenced to 8 years in prison.  He was also previously convicted of assault on a family member by choking/strangulation and was sentenced to 5 years in prison.

In Bexar County, Benjamin Scott Polasek was arrested on February 2 for violating the conditions of his parole by using alcohol and marijuana, being released from sex offender treatment, and having contact with children in San Antonio.  Polasek was previously convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child, a 1st degree felony and was sentenced to 72 months on probation.  He was later placed on parole and sentenced to 6 years in prison.

In Brazoria County, Brandon Jamal Jones was arrested on February 1 on an outstanding warrant for possession of a controlled substance.  New charges for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute were issued at the time of his arrest.  The Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force assisted in this arrest.

In Brazoria County, John Louis Gutierrez was arrested on February 2 for failure to maintain mandated sex offender registration requirements and a corresponding failure to comply with sex offender duty to register for life/annually.  Gutierrez was previously convicted of indecency with a child through sexual contact and was sentenced to 5 years in prison.

In Brazoria County, Barrion Demond Oliver was arrested on February 2 for failure to maintain mandated sex offender registration requirements and a corresponding failure to comply with sex offender duty to register for life/annually.  Oliver was previously charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child but pled down to indecency with a child through sexual contact and was sentenced to 4 years in prison.

In Comal County, Robert Ryan Aguirre was arrested on January 31 for violating the conditions of his parole by incurring GPS monitor violations.  Aguirre is on parole for multiple convictions.  Aguirre was previously convicted of possession of a controlled substance, a state jail felony, violating bond more than two times within 12 Months, a 3rd degree felony, and was convicted of assault of a family member with a previous conviction, a 3rd degree felony.

In Dallas County, Kolten Eugene Lindsey was arrested on February 2 for violating his parole by a monitor violation.  Lindsey is a convicted sex offender previously convicted of indecency with a child by exposure and was sentenced to 5 years in prison.  Lindsey is currently on parole for a 2010 conviction for tampering with physical evidence in Victoria County, for which he was given a 10-year suspended sentence.

In Dallas County, Michael Aaron Chisler was arrested on February 2 for violating his parole by absconding from a half-way house and on an outstanding warrant for failure to register as a sex offender.  Chisler was previously convicted of possession of child pornography and was sentenced to 2 years in prison.

In Fort Bend County, Elijah Jean was arrested on February 2 for an outstanding warrant for homicide, tampering with physical evidence and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.  The Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force assisted with his apprehension.

In Harris County, Richard Reyes was arrested on January 28 for failure to maintain mandated sex offender registration requirements, and warrants were issued for failure to notify of a change of address with the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles- sex offender docket and failure to report a residence change to another state- sex offender docket.  Reyes was previously convicted of lewd and lascivious battery, with a victim under 16 in Duval County (Florida) and was sentenced to 3 years’ probation. Reyes’ probation was later revoked and he was sentenced to 18 months in prison.  The United States Marshals Service, Gulf Coast Violent Offender and Fugitive Task Force assisted in this apprehension.

In Harris County, Anthony Angelo Burrell was arrested on February 2 on multiple outstanding warrants for: compelling prostitution under 18 years of age, trafficking of a child, possession of a controlled substance, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance.  The Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force assisted in this apprehension.

In Harris County, Travis Vossler was arrested on February 1 on an outstanding warrant for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.  The Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force assisted in this arrest.

In Hopkins County, William Michael Miller was arrested on January 30 on warrants for indecent behavior with a minor, computer- aided solicitation of a minor, and a warrant for 7 counts of pornography involving a minor.  This arrest was made after a request for assistance was made by the Louisiana Office of Attorney General.  The Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force assisted in this arrest.

In Williamson County, Larry Ray Johnston was arrested on February 1 for violating the conditions of his parole by incurring monitor violations.  Johnston was previously convicted of burglary of a habitation with intent to violate or abuse the victim sexually and was sentenced to 75 years in prison.

In Van Zandt County, Christopher Steven Butler, a Peckerwood Gang member, was arrested on February 2 on an outstanding warrant for bond revocation and for the manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance.  The Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force assisted in this apprehension.

In Van Zandt County, Desiree Teresse Rinehart was arrested on February 2 on an outstanding warrant for a bond violation for abandoning/endangering a child and criminal negligence.  The Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force assisted in this apprehension. 

TX Attorney General HTD Puts One Away

.jpg photo of Texas Attorney General LogoPaxton’s Human Traf­fick­ing Divi­sion Announces 99-Year Sen­tence in Hunt Coun­ty Human Traf­fick­ing Trial

AUSTIN, TX  –  Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that Barbara Barrett, of Greenville, has been found guilty of Continuous Trafficking of a Child in Hunt County and received a sentence of 99 years in jail.

Barrett and her husband, Jeffery Barrett, are accused of abusing and neglecting their adopted children while forcing them to work in a puppy mill attached to their home.

Both were charged with Continuous Trafficking of Persons.  Paxton’s Human Trafficking and Transnational Organized Crime Division assisted the Hunt County District Attorney in prosecution of Barrett.

“It is heartbreaking to know this horrid abuse was happening in our state, and it is unfathomable that a person could be so heartless to abuse the foster care system and use children in need of a loving, safe home as slave labor,” Attorney General Paxton said. “There is no excuse for this evil behavior, and it will not be tolerated in our state.  We can only hope this successful prosecution will bring some degree of justice to the children that were robbed of the love and care they deserved.  I will never stop fighting against human trafficking.”