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TX Attorney General’s Units Keeping Texas Safe

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

AUSTIN, TX  –  The Texas Attorney General’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit made several noteworthy arrests last week.

  • In Travis County, while working with the United States Marshal’s Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, the Fugitive Apprehension Unit arrested Christopher Michael Garcia in Austin on February 23.  Garcia had an outstanding warrant for murder issued by the Austin Police Department.
  • In Ellis County, Brandon Douglas Wilder was arrested in Midlothian on February 23.  Wilder had an outstanding warrant for Indecency with a Child Sexual Contact issued by the Midlothian Police Department.
  • In Smith County, while working with the Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force, the Fugitive Apprehension Unit arrested Jordan Syncere Hankins in Tyler on February 23.  Hankins had an outstanding warrant for Aggravated Robbery issued by the Tyler Police Department.

The Texas Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Unit made one arrest in relation to sexual assault of a child.

  • In San Patricio County, Gabriel Gonzales, 56, of Mathis was arrested on a sexual assault of a child warrant.  This case was received as a tip from the Polaris National Hotline, as well as a request for assistance by the Mathis Police Department.  During the investigation, it was determined that in 2020, Gonzales sexually assaulted a child in Mathis.  Gonzales was taken into custody without incident and was transported to the San Patricio County Jail with a $40,000 bond.

TX Attorney General Stops AntiAmerican Administration from Puting Texans In Danger

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Court Halts Biden Administration’s Unlawful Freeze of Deportations, Upholding Federal Law.

AG Paxton: TX Lawsuit Results in Court
Halting Biden Administration’s Unlawful Freeze of Deportations, Upholding
Federal Law

AUSTIN, TX  –  Attorney General Ken Paxton today lauded the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas after it issued a nationwide preliminary injunction halting implementation of a portion of the Biden Administration’s unlawful memorandum to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  The memorandum directed an almost complete freeze of deportations of illegal aliens, violating congressionally enacted immigration laws.  The Court also found that the memorandum lacked “a rational explanation” and that the Biden Administration should have given Texas notice and an opportunity to comment on the freeze because it would have a “significant impact” on Texas.  That impact would have been a significant financial cost to Texas and taxpayers.

“I fully support the Court’s decision to prevent implementation of the Biden Administration’s unlawful action and prioritize Texans’ safety and the rule of law.  A freeze on deportations at this scale would undermine federal law, irreparably harm our great state, and directly endanger our citizens.  Law and order must be upheld,” said Attorney General Paxton.

“I will continue to defend Texas against those who unlawfully ignore United States law in favor of their own policy preferences.”

Read a copy of the order here.

TX AG FAU Crosses Milestone

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As of today, these courageous Law Enforcement Officers have successfully arrested 12,000 fugitives.

AG Paxton’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit Reaches Milestone with
12,000 Total Arrests

AUSTIN, TX  –  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today commended the Fugitive Apprehension Unit of his office for reaching a significant milestone since its inception in 2003.

The unit achieved its 12,000 arrest with the capture of Robert Chapa for violating his parole after being convicted for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

The Fugitive Apprehension Unit also made six other noteworthy arrests:

  • Christopher Lucio for violating parole after being convicted for aggravated robbery.
  • Steven Parcell Balthaser for aggravated sexual assault of a child.
  • Clarence Martin Johnson for violating probation after being convicted for indecency with a child by sexual contact.
  • Jordan Xavier Bennett for aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.
  • Corbey Glenn Grace for violating parole after being convicted for homicide.
  • Adesanya Prince for possession with intent to promote child pornography.

“I am proud of the bravery and valor demonstrated by our Fugitive Apprehension Unit every day while they keep Texas strong, safe, and just,” said Attorney General Paxton.  “As of today, these courageous law enforcement officers have successfully arrested 12,000 fugitives.  Our officers provide invaluable security for Texans, and they deserve to be recognized for their hard work and dedication.”

The Fugitive Apprehension Unit includes investigators, criminal analysts, administrative assistants, and a command staff who operate in regional offices in Austin, Houston, and Arlington.

The unit’s mission is to locate and arrest violent fugitives, convicted child sex offenders who violate conditions of their parole, and to arrest sex offenders who fail to comply with the state’s mandated sex offender registration requirements.

It also assists in locating missing and endangered runaway children reported by local law enforcement agencies to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children®.

To learn more about the Criminal Investigations Division and its efforts to keep Texans safe, visit the Attorney General’s website.

Find more information about protecting your children online.

TX AG CEU Roundsup 5 Purveyors Of Child Porn

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Damon Todd Turner, 52, of College Station

AG Paxton’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests Five Predators For Child Pornography

AUSTIN, TX  –  Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested five men for Possession of Child Pornography during a two-week span between October 23rd and October 31st.

The arrested suspects include:

  • Damon Todd Turner, 52, of College Station, arrested October 23 on one count of Possession of Child Pornography.
  • Justin Howard Everett, 37, of College Station, arrested October 24 on one count of Promotion of Child Pornography.
  • Enoch Santo Rivera, 35, of Bedias, Texas, arrested on October 29 on five counts of Possession of Child Pornography.
  • Jason Dominguez, 29, of College Station, arrested on October 30 on three counts of Possession of Child Pornography.
  • Carl David Baxter, 43, of College Station, arrested on October 31 on four counts of Possession of Child Pornography.

“I commend the hard-working investigators from my office’s Child Exploitation Unit for stopping these child-predators from potentially harming more innocent children,” said Attorney General Ken Paxton. “This grotesque behavior is clearly rampant across the country and it serves as a reminder that we, as a community, must continue to protect the vulnerable from exploitation.”

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Justin Howard Everett, 37, of College Station

Turner, Everett, Rivera, Dominguez and Baxter were each arrested after CyberTipline reports from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children® (NCMEC) notified CEU that Rivera uploaded child pornography to an internet service account, Everett and Dominguez uploaded child pornography to social media applications, and Turner and Baxter uploaded child pornography to an internet search engine.

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Enoch Santo Rivera, 35, of Bedias, Texas

Investigators executed search warrants at each of the men’s residences.

Numerous digital devices were seized by the CEU to be examined by the Digital Forensics Unit.

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Jason Dominguez, 29, of College Station

Rivera was transported to the Grimes County Jail, while Turner, Everett, Dominguez and Baxter were all transported to the Brazos County Jail.

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Carl David Baxter, 43, of College Station

Attorney General Paxton’s office works to protect children by using the latest technology to track down some of the most profoundly evil predators online.

Since its inception, the Child Exploitation Unit has made 347 arrests and obtained 593 convictions on charges for possession of child pornography.

Attorney General Paxton urges all parents and teachers to become aware of the risks children face on the internet and take steps to help ensure their safety.

If you suspect someone is producing or downloading child pornography, you can report it to NCMEC.
CyberTipline
1-800-843-5678

For more information on cyber safety, please visit:
https://texasattorneygeneral.gov/initiatives/cyber-safety/

TX AG CEU Stops El Campo Purveyor Of Child Porn

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Jeremiah Joshua Pace, 37, of El Campo, Texas.

AG Paxton’s Child Exploitation Unit Makes Child Pornography Arrest in Wharton County

AUSTIN, TX  –  Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that on Wednesday the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested 37-year-old Jeremiah Joshua Pace, of El Campo, Texas, on one count of Possession of Child Pornography.

A CyberTipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children® (NCMEC) notified the Child Exploitation Unit that Pace reportedly uploaded child pornography to an e-mail account.

On October 9, 2019, CEU investigators executed a search warrant of Pace’s residence in Wharton County.  When interviewed, Pace admitted to possessing files of child pornography on his cell phone and email account.

Investigators examined Pace’s cell phone and found an image of child pornography and seized several digital storage devices to be examined by the Digital Forensic Unit.

Pace was transported to the Wharton County Jail without incident.

Attorney General Paxton’s office works to protect children by using the latest technology to track down some of the most profoundly evil predators online.

Since its inception, the Child Exploitation Unit has made 342 arrests and obtained 593 convictions on charges for possession of child pornography.

Attorney General Paxton urges all parents and teachers to become aware of the risks children face on the internet and take steps to help ensure their safety.

If you suspect someone is producing or downloading child pornography, you can report it to NCMEC.
CyberTipline
1-800-843-5678

For more information on cyber safety, please visit:
https://texasattorneygeneral.gov/initiatives/cyber-safety/