After more than six months of investigators in Kyle trying to track down a convicted sex offender on the run, police finally arrested Rodney Earl Pace about 1,500 miles away.
Police caught up with Pace in a Super 8 Motel in Manassas, Va., just southwest of Washington, D.C. in early February. A fugitive task force in Virginia identified a van in the parking lot that was registered to Pace, and then set up surveillance and arrested him without incident.
In 2008 and 2009, Pace had been jailed for neglecting to register as a sex offender in Dallas County, where he had been convicted of indecency with a child in 1997. After relocating to Kyle, he kept up with his registration for a while but eventually failed again and was charged, prompting him to flee to avoid more jail time, authorities said.
Until his arrest, the last time officials saw him was in 2009.
Kyle police reached out to the U.S. Marshals Office in mid-July 2013 for help finding the 54-year-old convicted of indecent contact with a 12-year-old boy.
Department of Public Safety officials said in mid-July that there were 241 registered sex offenders in Hays County. As a comparison, there are 395 in Williamson County and 1,654 in Travis County.
Nearly all of the sex offenders in Kyle report in, as they are expected, officials said.
“The apprehension of Pace is a testament to the great lengths these investigators will go to insure that each fugitive will ultimately be held to account for their actions,”
Young children are vulnerable to predators like Pace, and police want registered sex offenders contained in the system. Detective Pedro Carrasco monitors the four dozen or so registered sex offenders in his system — all the rest of whom are accounted for.
Kyle police are responsible for the safety of the 28,000 people who live there.
There are 44 sex offenders in the city limits. You’d think the odds would be good you wouldn’t come across one, but police caution that it only takes one.
In addition to the Hays County charge, the United States Marshals Service is reviewing possible violation of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act which makes it a violation of federal law to flee a State in order to avoid registration requirements. Pace will remain in the Prince William County Detention Center in Manassas, VA pending his extradition to Hays County.
Police said Pace could serve six months to two years behind bars.