March 11, 2009
CALIFORNIA SEX OFFENDER WHO MOVED TO TEXAS SENT TO PRISON FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER
(HOUSTON) - Thomas Elvin Packer, 46, of Waller County, has been sentenced to 16 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal, acting United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today. Packer pleaded guilty to one count of failure to register as a sex offender on July 10, 2008. He will also serve a five-year-term of supervised release following completion of his sentence and will be required to register as a sex offender and participate in sex offender treatment program.
On Sept. 16, 1985, Packer was convicted of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 in California and received eight years in prison. Packer was advised of his duty to register as a sex offender and did register for a number of years in San Bernardino County, Calif. In April 2007, Packer moved to Houston and provided a forwarding address to San Bernardino officials and moved to Magnolia, Texas, where he worked as a Houston Chronicle delivery person in June 2007. Parker never registered as a sex offender in Houston or in Waller County. Evidence presented in court proved that in January 2008, Packer came to the attention of the Montgomery County Precinct 5 Constable’s Office when parents complained about a suspicious male driving through their neighborhood speaking to children who were waiting for their school bus. Constables located the vehicle and found that Packer was the driver. Packer was arrested by deputy constables when a routine check revealed he was wanted in the State of California for a new charge of sexual abuse of a minor.
Packer has been in federal custody since his arrest in April 2008 and will remain in the custody of the U.S. Marshal’s Service pending the designation of a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
The federal charges brought against Packer are the result of an investigation conducted by the United States Marshals Service and the Precinct 5 Montgomery County Constable’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Stabe.
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