One of Texas’s Top 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders captured in Port Lavaca

One of Texas’s top 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders was captured by a U.S Marshal-led task force in Port Lavaca Thursday.

52-year-old Pete Jerry Luna was convicted in Navarro County, Texas, in 1992 for aggravated sexual assault of a child involving an 8-year-old girl. In 2002, Luna was discharged from prison and registered as a sex offender for life.

In March 2018, Luna was charged with a new count of continuous sexual abuse of a child (under 14). He was also charged with failure to complye with sex offender registration requirements.

December 12, 2018, the Texas Department of Public Safety placed Luna on the Texas Top 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders due to the severity of his charges. A joint task force was created to help locate Luna. Investigation revealed he was possibly in the Victoria/Port Lavaca area.

On April 4th, task force investigators observed a man matching the description of Luna, enter a car and leave a Port Lavaca apartment complex. Law Enforcement confirmed the driver was in fact Luna, and pulled him over at the 400 block of E Railroad.

At 11:00 a.m., Luna was taken into custody without incident, and taken to Calhoun County Jail where he awaits his extradition to Navarro County.

The full U.S Marshals Service news release is below:

In March of 1992, 52 year old Pete Jerry Luna of Corsicana, was convicted in Navarro County Texas, of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child involving an 8 year old girl. Luna was subsequently sentenced to 10 years in prison.

In 2002, Luna was discharged from prison and required to register as a sex offender for life. In March of 2018, the Navarro County Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant for Luna’s arrest charging him with a new count of Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child (Under 14). The Corsicana TX, Police Department also issued a new arrest warrant for Luna in October of 2018, charging him with Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration Requirements.

On December 12, 2018, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) placed Luna on their Texas Top 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders due to the severity of his charges.

In December of 2018, the Texas DPS requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshal-led Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force (JETF) in locating and apprehending Luna. During the course of the investigation, Task Force Investigators gathered information that Luna was possibly in the Port Lavaca/Victoria Texas area. The JETF reached out to the Victoria Division of the U.S. Marshal-led Gulf Coast Violent Offender and Fugitive Task Force (GCVOFTF) and let investigators know of Luna’s possible location. Gulf Coast Task Force Investigators began surveillance of several locations in hopes of spotting Luna. On April 4, Task Force Investigators observed a male matching the description of Luna, enter a vehicle and leave an apartment complex in Port Lavaca Texas. Investigators began a mobile surveillance trying to confirm the driver was Luna. The vehicle pulled into a location the 400 block of E. Railroad in Port Lavaca where Investigators confirmed Luna was the driver.

At approximately 11:00 AM, Luna was taken into custody without incident as he stood outside of his vehicle. Luna was transported to the Calhoun County Jail, where he will be held awaiting extradition to Navarro County.

The Gulf Coast Violent Offender Fugitive Task Force is a team comprised of law enforcement officers from the U.S. Marshals, Victoria Police Department, Corpus Christi Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Office of Inspector General. The task force objective is to seek out and arrest violent criminals, gang members, and sex offenders. U.S. Marshals-led district task forces arrested 86,703 state and local fugitives in FY 2018, clearing approximately 101,624 federal, state and local felony warrants.

Anonymous tips can be made by texting 411TIPS (847411) keyword GULFCOAST or by going to www.usmarshals.gov/district/tx-s/index.html.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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