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Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Latino sex predators become Caucasians in Arizona

Something remarkable is happening to sexual predators in Arizona, if they happen to be Latino.

At some point between conviction and placement on the official Arizona Sex Offender Website, Latinos are transformed into Caucasians.

Here are a few examples:


image of offender who is described in the text
Augustine Alvarez
ABSCONDER
Click here if you have any information concerning this sex offender's whereabouts.
 
Race:  W Age:  63 Sex:  M
Height:  5' 7" Weight:  160  
Eyes:  Bro Hair:  Blk  
 
Risk Level:   (2) Intermediate
(s):   Molestation of a Child
Convicting Jurisdiction:  Maricopa County
Any use of this information to threaten, intimidate, harass, or create a criminal act against another person will result in criminal prosecution.


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Gilberto Castro
ABSCONDER
Click here if you have any information concerning this sex offender's whereabouts.
 
Race:  W Age:  23 Sex:  M
Height:  5' 9" Weight:  140  
Eyes:  Bro Hair:  Bro  
 
Risk Level:   (2) Intermediate
Offense(s):  Molestation of a Child
Convicting Jurisdiction:  Maricopa County
Any use of this information to threaten, intimidate, harass, or create a criminal act against another person will result in criminal prosecution.


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Thonyson T. Garcia
ABSCONDER
Click here if you have any information concerning this sex offender's whereabouts.
 
Race:  I Age:  25 Sex:  M
Height:  5' 7" Weight:  150  
Eyes:  Bro Hair:  Blk  
 
Risk Level:   (2) Intermediate
Offense(s):  Sexual Abuse
Convicting Jurisdiction:  Pima County
Any use of this information to threaten, intimidate, harass, or create a criminal act against another person will result in criminal prosecution.


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David Lopez
ABSCONDER
Click here if you have any information concerning this sex offender's whereabouts.
 
Race:  W Age:  28 Sex:  M
Height:  5' 8" Weight:  250  
Eyes:  Bro Hair:  Blk  
 
Risk Level:   (3) High
Offense(s):  Sexual Conduct with a Minor
Convicting Jurisdiction:  Maricopa County
Any use of this information to threaten, intimidate, harass, or create a criminal act against another person will result in criminal prosecution.


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Francisco Martinez-gomez
ABSCONDER
Click here if you have any information concerning this sex offender's whereabouts.
 
Race:  W Age:  23 Sex:  M
Height:  5' 4" Weight:  135  
Eyes:  Bro Hair:  Blk  
 
Risk Level:   (2) Intermediate
Offense(s):  Sexual Abuse
Convicting Jurisdiction:  Yavapai County
Any use of this information to threaten, intimidate, harass, or create a criminal act against another person will result in criminal prosecution.

Notice that the racial designation for these sex offenders with Spanish surnames is "W," as in "White."

Is it a reasonable expectation that Arizona police reports on sexual crimes routinely identify Latino suspects as being White?

So, why is the Arizona Department of Public Safety routinely reclassifying Latino sex offenders as being White? According to their website, there doesn't appear to be a Latino sex offender in the entire State of Arizona.

Don't believe me? Test it yourself.

Go to the Arizona Sex Offender Website.

Then click on "search" over on the left.

You'll get a dropdown menu. Choose "name."

In the search field, enter any Latino surname you can think of... Valdez, Jimenez, Gomez, etc. Submit Query.

Then click on one of the profiles that comes up. You'll get a mugshot of a Latino sex offender, with some vital statistics.

Then look at the perp's race. "W." Always "W."

Latino sex offenders in AZ are routinely being reclassified as Caucasians.

Some may quibble that Latino is not a race, which is a fair point. It is, however, an understood ethnic designation that is often used by law enforcement and census bureaus, so why isn't it used with regard to so many sex offenders? These predators are obviously not what the average person on the street would call "White."

The particular Latino sex offenders I've highlighted here all fugitive absconders. Whether or not any of them are illegal aliens is not known. It's certainly a serious question, given what Heather MacDonald has told us about The Illegal-Alien Crime Wave and The Immigrant Gang Plague. In any case, it's a fact of life that Latino criminals often disappear across the Mexican border. How effective is it for a Latino sex offender to turn into a Caucasian and hide in plain sight in Mexico? Probably not very:

Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos, an organization that "cares for orphaned and abandoned children in Latin America and the Caribbean," breaks down Mexican ethnic groups as mestizo (Amerindian-Spanish) 60%, Amerindian or predominantly Amerindian 30%, white 9%, other 1%.


Is this happening in other states?

I haven't looked through all of the sex offender registries, but did skim through a few.

Unless the perp is obviousaly black with a Spanish surname, Alaska appears to categorize Latino sex offenders as Unknown, White or Native American; Colorado as White; Illinois as White or Unknown; Florida as White; Montana doesn't give race; North Dakota uses Unknown, White, American Indian or Alaskan Native; New Jersey uses White or Unknown; New Mexico uses White; and South Carolina uses White or Unknown.

This is beyond political correctness, this is the active misrepresentation of the ethnicity of sexual predators that have been released into our society. Setting aside the advisability of the releases themselves, how is the public served by this policy?



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