Three Men Arrested Over Five Days for Sex Crimes in Jeff Davis County
June 5, 2014 at 10:51 PM CDT - Updated July 27 at 7:15 AM
JEFF DAVIS COUNTY - Three arrests in five days. All the men taken into custody are charged with sex crimes. That's creating a lot of concern in Jeff Davis County.
NewsWest 9 spoke with District Attorney Rod Ponton who says, unfortunately, these types of cases are on the rise, and not just locally.
"I think these types of crimes are on the rise across the state. Unfortunately, I think it's an indication of some of the breakdown of our society," 83rd District Attorney, Rod Ponton, said.
On Wednesday, May 28, 27-year-old Andres Alvarado of Fort Davis was arrested, accused of sexually assaulting an underage girl several times. He is a registered sex offender from a previous case involving a 10-year-old boy. His bond was first set at $20,000 but District Attorney Rod Ponton sought a higher bond, which soon turned into a $195,000 bond with strict conditions.
"When we think the bond is set so low, the community won't be protected. We don't hesitate to ask a judge to increase the bond. We take our responsibilities very seriously and the number one thing we want to do is protect our communities from sexual predators," Ponton said.
Just days later, Alfred Sanchez was arrested in Jeff Davis County on a federal warrant issued in 2013. He is charged with failure to register as a sex offender in Ector County. He was previously convicted of rape.
Sanchez was followed by Scott Ewart. He was arrested by U.S. Marshals and is charged with federal possession of child pornography.
Ponton says three arrests in a matter of days in Jeff Davis County is rare and unusual.
"In all the counties I represent, we do our best to keep the streets safe for the good people and seek high bonds to lock up the people accused of these terrible, terrible crimes against children," Ponton said.
Ponton also suggests citizens to alert themselves on where sex offenders might be. For your safety, there are websites you can check out so you can pinpoint exactly where the individuals live.