Update: 12 indicted in Lubbock County sex offender sting

Update: 12 indicted in Lubbock County sex offender sting
Edward Figueroa, 57 Indicted for failure to register as a sex offender (Source: Lubbock County Detention Center)

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Lubbock grand jury has indicted 12 people for failing to register as a sex offender following a sting earlier this month.

The indictments against the 12 individuals were handed down Tuesday.

Original press release provided by Lubbock Police Department

A week-long operation focused on sex offender compliance wrapped up Friday with more than 35 local arrests within Lubbock County.

The successful multi-agency enforcement included joint efforts by the Lubbock Police Department, Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office, the Criminal Investigations Division of Texas Department of Public Safety, the United States Marshals Service and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

From September 10th to September 14th, 11 federal agents, 60 state and local sworn law enforcement personnel along with LPD and LSO’s Sex Offender Compliance Registrars participated in the extensive operation.

Law enforcement personnel from the participating agencies made contact with more than 500 registered sex offenders in Lubbock County to check their compliance with state laws. More than 40 investigations were generated for sex offenders who were found to be non-compliant, many of which resulted in an arrest.

In addition to arrest warrants issued for registration violations, the 35 arrests also included suspects who had outstanding warrants related to sexual crimes such as sexual assault or indecency with a child. More arrests are possible as a result of this week’s operation.

This five day joint operation is an example of the dedicated partnership between local, state and federal agencies to ensure local convicted sex offenders are complying with the required restrictions.