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May 11th, 2010
Police nab two fugitive sex offenders

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Patrick Merworth, left, and Billy Joe Crayton, right.

STAFF REPORT

San Marcos police have arrested two fugitives sought for failing to register as sex offenders after a compliance check in April.

Billy Joe Crayton, 26, and Patrick Colton Merworth, 20, were both taken into custody on April 29 during a joint operation by the San Marcos Police Department (SMPD), Hays County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO), and the fugitive unit of the Texas Attorney General’s Office.

Crayton was found hiding in the attic of a San Marcos residence when officers visited a home to search for him.

Merworth was located by authorities in Holt’s Summit, MO, after the SMPD learned that he may be residing in that city.

Merworth is in custody in Holt’s Summit and will be extradited to Hays County after answering to charges against him in Missouri. Crayton is in custody at the Hays County Jail. His bond is set at $140,000.

Failing to register as a sex offender is a state jail felony punishable by confinement in a state jail from 180 days to two years and a fine of up to $10,000.

Currently, 50 persons are required to register as sex offenders in San Marcos, including 46 convicted of offenses committed against children.    The public may check the Department of Public Safety (DPS) web site at  http://records.txdps.state.tx.us/  to learn where registered sex offenders live in San Marcos.

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