While it's true that Texas is known for its southern culture and warm hospitality, it is also important to shine a light on serious crimes. Sexual offenses are a real concern for communities, and it's vital for the public to stay informed about individuals who may pose a threat.

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The Texas Department of Public Safety is serious about sexual crimes in the Lone Star State. Below are the eight most wanted sex offenders currently being sought by law enforcement. Do you recognize any of these dangerous men?

LOOK: THESE DANGEROUS MEN ARE 8 MOST WANTED SEX OFFENDERS IN TEXAS

 

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Kenneth Wayne Dove, Jr.

Wanted for:

Failure to Register as a Sex Offender (x3)
Evading Arrest/Detention


 

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Clayton Allen Starr

Wanted for:

Failure to Register as a Sex Offender (x2)
Assault of a Pregnant Person
Assault Causing Injury to a Child/Elder/Disabled Person.


 

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Gregory Jon Pecina, Jr.

Wanted for:

Failure to Register as a Sex Offender
Aggravated Assault Causing Serious Bodily Injury
Aggravated Robbery
Kidnapping
Parole Violation
(Original Offense: Agg. Sexual Assault of a Child)


 

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Cecil Colby Smith

Wanted for:

Murder
Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child
Sexual Assault of a Child
Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon
Violation of a Protective Order/Assault/Stalking
Deadly Conduct
Failure to Identify
Theft of Property
Criminal Mischief


 

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Cesar Soto-Bolanos

Wanted for:

Sexual Assault (X2)
Indecency with a Child by Exposure
Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration Requirements
Failure to Identify
Possession of Marijuana


 

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Joe Raymond Gonzales

Wanted for:

Failure to Comply With Sex Offender Registration Requirements
Accident Involving Death
Parole Violation
(Original Offense: Sexual Assault)


 

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Salomon Olivas Marquez

Wanted for:

Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration Requirements with Previous Conviction


 

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John Edward Ashley

Wanted for:

Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, Probation Violation
(Original Offense: Sexual Assault of a Child)

All of these men should be considered armed and dangerous. Never try to apprehend a fugitive yourself.

For cash rewards, you must provide information to authorities one of the following ways:

  • Contact Texas Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).
  • Submit a web tip through the Texas 10 Most Wanted website or Facebook page.
  • Submit a tip through the DPS Mobile App.

All tips are considered anonymous no matter how they are submitted. Tipsters will be provided an identifying number instead of using a name. Callers’ identity is protected by law.

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