NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A joint effort by the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office and the US Marshals Service resulted in the arrest of a convicted child molester who has been a fugitive from justice since January 2013.
Authorities arrested Jose Guadalupe Nava at a residence in Harris County Friday.
"The Sheriff Office received information from the District Attorney Office that helped break the case open. A caller advised the District Attorney Office that Nava had been seen in the Houston area at a sporting event. Through social media and other technology the Marshal Service was able to track down Nava at a residence in Harris County."
NCSO deputies and US marshals conducted went to Harris County early Friday morning. After they conducted surveillance on a home there, Nava was arrested without incident and transported back to the Nacogdoches County Jail.
According to the press release, Nava has been charged with three counts of failure to appear - failure to appear on obstruction of a highway or passageway, failure to appear on continuous sexual assault of a child, and failure to appear on a retaliation charge - and bail jumping.
"Nava was original found guilty in 145th District Court in September 2012 on sexual assault of a child charges," the press release stated. "Nava was supposed to appear before the court In January 2013 for sentencing, but has been on the run since then. Nava was arraigned by a magistrate at the jail and no bond has been set on the suspect."
Nava pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl.
The incident was reported to the Nacogdoches Police Department in March 2011, and Nava was booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail the next day.
Police withheld further information to protect the victim's identity.