Convicted sex offender caught again, awaiting extradition to Minnesota
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — A convicted sex offender from El Paso has been apprehended after authorities allege he was once again committing criminal sexual misconduct with a teenager in Minnesota.
Jonathan Perez, 30, of El Paso had three prior convictions for sexual related offenses dating back to 1999. All of his previous convictions were for sexual contact with minors under the age of 10.
As required by Texas law, Perez was supposed to register as a sex offender annually for ten years. In November 2013, Perez advised authorities that he was going to be living in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. However, Perez then allegedly traveled to Rochester, Minnesota in December to meet with the a teenage victim under an assumed name.
Police in Rochester notified the El Paso Police Department's Crimes Against Children Unit on Tuesday, January 21st of the sexual misconduct allegations against Perez. Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force conducted brief surveillance at several addresses associated with Perez in the past and were able to locate him in the 3000 block of Arroyos on El Paso's east side Tuesday evening.
Perez was arrested without incident and booked into the El Paso County Detention Facility pending his extradition to Minnesota. The United States Marshals Service, along with the El Paso Police Department’s (EPPD) Sex Offender Registration and Tracking Unit (SORT), are currently investigating Perez’ failure to advise of his re-entry into the United States and his travel to Minnesota.