One of Texas' Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitives arrested in New Mexico

FORT WORTH - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's Fugitive Unit has located and arrested one of Texas' Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. The fugitive, a former science teacher who committed indecent sexual conduct with three child victims, went into hiding in 2006 after failing a polygraph examination while out on parole.

"This fugitive sex offender went to drastic measures - including faking his own death - to evade capture by law enforcement," Attorney General Abbott said. "Last week's arrest reflects a concerted, tireless investigative effort by the Fugitive Unit. Thanks to their hard work and the assistance we received from the New Mexico State Police, this dangerous fugitive is back behind bars where he belongs."

In 2003 in Collin County, Joe Wayne Cates, 51, was found guilty of multiple counts of indecency with a child and was required to register as a sex offender. After failing a polygraph examination, he was found to be in violation of terms of his parole and a warrant for his arrest was issued. Cates went into hiding on Sept. 5, 2006, and a second arrest warrant was issued for failure to register as a sex offender. Cates was added to the list of the Texas Department of Public Safety's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives on Sept. 11, 2008.

Investigators with the Office of the Attorney General's (OAG) Fugitive Unit in Fort Worth discovered information which led authorities to his location in Sandia Park, N.M., last Friday. OAG Fugitive Unit investigators located Cates at his place of employment, where he was arrested.

The Fugitive Unit has arrested 532 parole violators since its inception in 2003.