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Attorney General Paxton Announces Arrest of “Top 10” Most Wanted Sex Offender

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced the Office of the Attorney General’s (OAG) Fugitive Unit arrested Michael Dewayne Cox after he failed to comply with sex offender registration requirements. On July 20, Coxs’ wanted information and photographs were included on the Texas Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) “Top 10” sex offender list.

“One of Texas’ most dangerous child predators is off the streets thanks to the steadfast actions of the OAG’s Fugitive Unit and DPS,” said Attorney General Paxton. “The citizens who called in this tip to deserve our sincerest gratitude for playing a role in ensuring this fugitive was captured and put behind bars. I also commend the efforts of our law enforcement who continue to diligently protect our communities from heinous criminals.”

In 1994, Cox was convicted of Aggravated Sexual Assault of Child in Dallas County and sentenced to 10 years in prison. On September 24, 2013, a Failure to Comply with Registration Requirements warrant was issued by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. On November 22, 2013, an OAG Fugitive Unit investigator was assigned the case for investigation.

The OAG works to protect children by taking child predators off the Internet and into jail, proactively seeking out and arresting predators who commit crimes against children using technology and the Internet. This agency utilizes the latest technology to track down some of the most profoundly evil predators on the Internet.

Attorney General Paxton urges all parents and teachers to realize the risks our children face online, and take steps to help ensure their children’s safety. For more information on cyber safety, please visit: https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/cj/cyber-safety.