Authorities Search for Evacuee Offenders

11-26-05 - (AP) Fugitive squads are combing Texas to track down registered sex offenders and violent felons who evacuated from hurricane-ravaged Louisiana.

They’re trying to locate them using recently acquired lists of evacuees from the Federal Emergency Management Agency along with records from Louisiana that were almost destroyed.

Officials have reported arresting some sex offenders for new crimes or for failing to register in Texas. But it's unclear how many have been located so far.

So far, police in Richardson arrested one registered sex offender from New Orleans who they suspect molested an 8-year-old girl.

And in Houston, police charged a Katrina evacuee with breaking into a motel, exposing himself to a girl and trying to sexually assault an adult.