While it's true that Texas is known for its southern charm and hospitality, it is also important to expose one of its dark sides - sex crimes. Sexual offenses are a real concern for communities, and the public needs to stay informed about individuals who may pose a threat.

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The Texas Department of Public Safety takes sexual crimes in the Lone Star State very seriously. Below are the seven sex offenders currently most wanted and being sought by law enforcement. Scroll through them all and see if you recognize any of these dangerous men.

RED ALERT: HELP TEXAS DPS CAPTURE THESE 7 DANGEROUS SEX OFFENDERS

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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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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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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)


 

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Stacy James Headrick

Wanted for:

Failure To Comply With Sex Offender Registration Requirements With Previous Conviction
Parole Violation (Original Offense: Driving While Intoxicated)


 

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Gregory Jon Pecina, Jr.

Wanted for:

Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child
Assault Causes Bodily Injury


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Rogelio Salinas

Wanted for:

Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration Requirements
Terroristic Threat
Probation Violation (Original Offense: Smuggling Aliens)

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 in 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 with an identifying number instead of using a name. Callers’ identity is protected by law.

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