Michael Dwayne Cox, a “Top 10” Most Wanted Sex Offender in Texas, was arrested Tuesday announced the State’s Attorney General Ken Paxton.
Cox was arrested by the Office of the Attorney General’s (OAG) Fugitive Unit for failing to fulfill his registration requirements as an identified sex offender. Cox was placed on the Top 10 sex offender list on July 20, 2014. Published and posted information and photographs of Cox led to his arrest.
“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 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.”
Cox was convicted of Aggravated Sexual Assault of Child in Dallas County in 1994 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,” the OAG stated. “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,” Paxton emphasized. “This agency utilizes the latest technology to track down some of the most profoundly evil predators on the Internet.”
The OAG says the most important thing parents can do to prevent internet sex predators from harming children is to pay close attention to their activities and “encourage them to confide in you. They should know that you will be calm and protective if they tell you about something that has frightened or disturbed them.” Other tips include:
- Teach your kids not to give out personal information such as their last name, your last name, their home address, or phone number, especially in a chat room, over a bulletin board, or to an online pen pal without your permission.
- Make sure your kids know not to agree to a face-to-face meeting with someone they meet online.
- Instruct your kids never to respond to email or chat messages that make them feel uncomfortable or from someone they don’t know. Stress that they should show such messages to you.
- Surf the Internet with your kids. If it is not possible for you to actually surf with your kids, at least talk to them about the Web sites they are visiting.
- Place the computer in a public room in your home so that even when you are not surfing with your kids, you can monitor their use. Do not allow computers in bedrooms or the use of webcams.
- Establish ground rules for your kids’ Internet usage, including the hours they may surf and the kinds of Web sites they may visit. Post the rules near the computer.
- Learn how to use parental controls and archiving features. You should be able to check your child’s email account and review the sites your child has visited on the Internet.