Friday, February 17, 2017

New Mexico’s Most Wanted Adds New Violent Offender

Albuquerque, NM - The United States Marshals Service in New Mexico added Hector Dominguez to the United States Marshals Service District of New Mexico “New Mexico’s Most Wanted Program.” Dominguez is wanted by the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Murder and Tampering with Evidence.

In September of 1997, it is alleged that Hector Armando Dominguez murdered Edward Sanchez out on River Road, east of Roswell in Chaves County. Edward Sanchez died from two gunshot wounds to the head.

If you receive any information regarding the above named individual, please contact the United States Marshals Service for the District of New Mexico. (505) 346-6400/Albuquerque or (575) 527-6850/Las Cruces.

School Resource Officers, Exclusionary Discipline, and the Role of Context

Author: Benjamin W. Fisher

This research focused on two studies of different school factors linked to increased rates of exclusionary discipline: school resource officers (SROs) and zero-tolerance approaches to discipline.
The SRO study provided evidence that implementing SROs led to decreases in schools’ overall suspension rates, as well as rates for Black students. However, it was not associated with changes to White students’ suspension rate or changes within-school racial disparities in suspension rates. It also indicated that school context variables were predictive of school’s suspension rates and racial disparities.

The findings from the zero-tolerance study indicated that schools with a higher zero-tolerance approach to discipline tended to have higher overall rates of exclusionary discipline, providing no evidence that this orientation toward discipline had a deterrent effect on students’ problem behaviors. Moreover, this relationship did not depend on the presence of SROs, suggesting that across all schools in the sample, the impact of schools’ zero-tolerance approach to discipline on overall rates of exclusionary discipline was consistent across schools with and without SROs.

The study also found that when schools were characterized by higher levels of racial/ethnic minority students or other measures of disadvantage, the combination of a high zero-tolerance approach to discipline and SRO presence was predictive of higher overall rates of exclusionary discipline. However, when schools were characterized by lower levels of disadvantage, this combination was associated with lower rates of exclusionary discipline.

Together, these studies suggest that SROs and zero-tolerance approaches to discipline may not be universally appropriate mechanisms for reducing rates of exclusionary discipline. Instead, school context is an important consideration when forming strategies to reduce student exclusions.

Texas Man Sentenced to Prison for Child Sex Trafficking

A Houston man was sentenced to 220 months in prison today for sex trafficking of a minor, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson of the Southern District of Texas.

Deangelo Tate, 27, pleaded guilty to one count of sex trafficking of children on Dec. 16, 2016.  Today, U.S. District Judge Gray H. Miller of the Southern District of Texas in Houston sentenced Tate and also ordered him to serve 10 years of supervised release and to pay $20,000 in restitution and a $5,000 special assessment for the Justice of Victims Trafficking Act. 

According to admissions made in connection with his guilty plea, between Jan. 13, 2015, and March 16, 2015, Tate posted classified advertisements on promoting the prostitution of a 17-year-old minor female.  Tate admitted that he also rented hotel rooms in Corpus Christi, Texas, and Houston to serve as the location for commercial sex acts between the minor female and male customers.  Tate transported the minor female to the hotels, collected all of the money from the completed sex acts and became physically violent with the minor female if she did not follow Tate’s orders, he admitted.  Tate was aware that the victim was a minor and stated in a conversation recorded by law enforcement that the girl had no credibility because of her age.   

The FBI investigated this case with assistance from the Houston Police Department and the Corpus Christi Police Department.  Trial Attorney Lauren Britsch of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) and Assistant U.S. Attorney Sherri L. Zack of the Southern District of Texas prosecuted the case.