Task force closes in, arrests convicted sex offender

Elmer Charping, 33, accused of failing to register as sex offender

Elmer Charping, who already has served five years in prison for a sexual assault, is back behind bars now for allegedly failing to register as a sex offender.

Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force tracked down Charping at a home in the 600 block of S. Presa Street Wednesday afternoon.

“He did have an active arrest warrant for allegedly failing to comply with the sex offender registration,” said Chris Bozeman, spokesman for the task force.

Bozeman said the agency had been asked recently to assist the Leon Valley Police Department in finding Charping.

It wasn’t long before they developed information that lead to him, he said.

"It was not his first party residence, so he was most likely staying with someone,” Bozeman said.

Records show Charping was placed on the state’s sex offender registry as the result of a 1999 conviction for the sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl.

State law requires people convicted of sex crimes to register with authorities periodically, keeping them up to date on where they live and work.

According to a news release from the task force, Leon Valley police said Charping failed to register this past January.

Bozeman said based on information that they had been given, there was reason to believe he might offend again.

Agents spotted Charping climbing into a car near the S. Presa Street residence Wednesday, and stopped him a few blocks away on S. Alamo Street, Bozeman said.

Charping was taken into custody without incident.

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