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Over a dozen women arrested for alleged sex crimes

Over a dozen women were recently taken into police custody for allegedly engaging in sex-trafficking. All of the 15 who were arrested face charges of promoting prostitution, which is a felony. Others are also accused of conspiring to commit sex-trafficking while others still face allegations of racketeering. The potential consequences for these types of sex crimes can be severe and lead to lengthy prison sentences.

The sex-trafficking ring apparently operated between eight different brothels that fronted as massage parlors. The investigation into possible illicit activity was spearheaded by multiple agencies, including local Texas police and agents from Homeland Security. Undercover agents from these agencies visited the massage parlor as clients, where they paid for and received massages. Agents claimed that they were offered sexual favors during the massages, but declined.

Former PE teacher facing state crime charges for alleged theft

A former physical education teacher at a Texas elementary school was arrested for allegedly taking prescription medication from the nurse's office. Current state crime charges include criminal mischief, criminal trespassing and theft, which could all potentially carry long-term implications if the teacher is convicted. Although no longer employed at the school, police have yet to reveal his or her identity.

In Aug. 2016, the school nurse discovered that the lock to a medications cabinet had a broken-off key stuck inside of it. Upon further inspection, the nurse discovered that medications were missing, and she subsequently reported the issue to the school's administration. Local police officials were brought in to help, and they determined that a PE teacher was possibly involved.

Superintendent suspended after arrest on drug possession

Criminal charges have been filed against a Texas superintendent that many believe to be reason for the rejuvenation of a failing school district. Accused of drug possession, the superintendent was arrested during a traffic stop. He has since posted his $250 bond and was released by authorities.

Police claim that they discovered marijuana in the 52-year-old man's car during what was an otherwise routine traffic stop. At one point, attending officers apparently asked the superintendent to step out of his car and noticed him trying to dispose of a small bag as he did so. The plastic bag supposedly contained less than two ounces of marijuana, some rolling papers and a device used for grinding.

Charges for drunk driving filed after rollover wreck

Texas police filed criminal charges against a driver who they claim was intoxicated while behind the wheel of his motor vehicle. Still in police custody, he has been charged with intoxicated manslaughter for allegedly causing a fatal drunk driving accident. The man, however, claims that he was not the one driving at the time of the wreck.

The single-vehicle wreck drew police to the scene at around 4 a.m., where they found the vehicle rolled onto its roof. Inside the vehicle, they found both the 42-year-old man suspected of driving drunk and his female passenger. The 17-year-old teen was unconscious at the time and later pronounced dead at the site of the accident.

Fraternity party ends in drug charges and student's death

A college party ended in the arrest of four students from Texas A&M and the death of one other. The arrests do not appear to be related to the death of the student. Instead, they are centered on various drug charges. The student's cause of death has still yet to be determined.

According to police, the party took place at the fraternity house for Sigma Nu. At least one person at the party noticed an unresponsive 19-year-old student and called the police, alerting them to the situation at shortly before 5 in the morning. Police say that the party was still going on when they arrived a short while later. They were unable to resuscitate the student, and he was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Father faces felony charge for leaving daughter in hot car

A Texas father is expected to surrender himself into police custody after an arrest warrant was issued for him. He is facing a felony charge for forgetting his young child inside of his car for a short period of time. Although the young girl was not injured, police are not taking the matter lightly.

The 25-year-old father had his young daughter -- aged 10 months old -- in the back of his car when he drove to work. After arriving at his workplace, he apparently forgot that his daughter was in the vehicle, and he left her as he went into work. A short while later, police were notified that a small child had been left inside of a car.

Fatal accident leads to drunk driving charges for Texas student

A Texas woman was recently charged in a fatal car accident that police suspect might have involved alcohol. She is currently facing drunk driving-related charges for the wreck, including intoxicated assault and intoxicated manslaughter, both of which are felonies. Authorities believe that she had been drinking alcohol earlier that day.

The Texas State student told authorities that she had spent time floating at the nearby river while also drinking alcohol, although it is not clear how much time elapsed between those activities and when she climbed behind the wheel. Later on, while traveling on Highway 21, she allegedly veered across the center lane of traffic and into the path of an oncoming vehicle. The two cars collided, killing the other driver and sending his pregnant passenger to the hospital in serious condition.

Mother faces state crime charges for passing out in parking lot

Police in Texas recently took a woman into custody after discovering her lying unconscious in a parking lot. Her state crime charges include public intoxication and child endangerment, and she is currently out on a $5,750 bond. Her son was initially placed in the care of the mother's friend, and it is not clear if he has been returned to her custody.

Police were called to the scene at about 10:30 p.m. when the 31-year-old was discovered unconscious in an area restaurant's parking lot. The woman was not actually inside of her vehicle, but apparently lying nearby in a patch of grass. The front door on the driver's side was open, and her son was inside of the vehicle in the backseat. Police did not clarify if the child was strapped into a safety seat.

Pokemon Go threat prompts felony charge

The popular Pokemon Go app has made headlines all across America as players attempt to catch virtual creatures with their smart phones. Some of the most recent news related to the app focused on a felony charge filed by Texas police officers for what they called a terroristic threat. The defendant was arrested after allegedly threatening to take violent action against players who participate in the game.

The apparent threat came just before multiple Pokemon Go events were scheduled to take place. Police claim that the 29-year-old man posted on a Facebook page that he and his friends intended to "purge" individuals spotted playing the game at the various meet-up locations. He further indicated that people should not walk around the area and that he had some type of modified paintball gun.

Sexual assault charges filed against Texas man

Police claim that social media was used by a defendant in order to make initial contact with three of his alleged victims. Charged with sexual assault, the Texas man has yet to post his $665,000 bond and is currently still in police custody. He is also facing a single count of robbery in addition to the assault allegations.

The social media website used by the defendant was not named by police, although popular sites used by many people in Texas include Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The 21-year-old man claims that he did indeed befriend three different women between January 2016 and his arrest on June 7, 2016. However, he denies engaging in any type of forced sexual behavior with any of the individuals he subsequently met in real life.