The Premiere Website For Police News In Texas

          
The Most Viewed Police News Website In Texas

 
Click To Visit Me On Facebook

 

 

Federal Jury Convicts El Paso Man in Laser Strike Incident
US Attorney - West Texas
   
 
More Today's News:
ߦ   Teen Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
ߦ   Amarillo group holds rally to tout marijuana
ߦ   California first to tackle officers' unconscious bias
ߦ   Circuit court upholds limits to off-duty police work
ߦ   Daily Bulletin & Arrests
ߦ   Denny Rizal Cuyos, 69, Former Dickinson, Texas City Police Officer
ߦ   Federal escapee arrested in San Antonio
ߦ   Firefighter arrested for "assault on the elderly"
ߦ   Houston, officers sued for excessive use of force
ߦ   Inmate commits suicide while under medical watch
ߦ   Man sues drunk driver who hit his boat along highway
ߦ   Mutilated parrot, lying cops results in civil rights violation of war veteran
ߦ   Pair convicted of teenager's murder in Sam Houston National Forest
ߦ   Pasadena officer not guilty of official oppression
ߦ   Police issue dozens of citations at pot events
ߦ   Susan Fisher, Wife Of Galveston County Constable Jerry Fisher
ߦ   Teens charged with murder; two juveniles among those accused
ߦ   Toddler found alone with dead mother who had been shot in head
ߦ   Recruiting Police Officers, Deputies? Read This!
ߦ   Alvin ISD Police Department - Police Officer
ߦ   City Of La Marque - Police Entrance Exam
ߦ   Clear Lake Shores Police Dept. Seeks Certified Police Officer
ߦ   Galveston College Law Enforcement Academy Accepting Applications
ߦ   Great Careers - Houston Police Dept. Is Hiring
ߦ   Marketing Reps. - Texas Police News
ߦ   Texas City Police Officer & Dispatcher - More Than A Job, "A Career"
ߦ   5K run supports fallen Grayson County Deputy scholarship fund [WATCH]
ߦ   Benefit fund set up for St. Charles deputy shot by Navy veteran
ߦ   Bob Schieffer on the good cops
ߦ   Chambers County 'Adopt A Beach' Tremendous Success
ߦ   Kalamazoo officer killed in 2011 remembered at 3.1-mile run
ߦ   Officer praised for restraint, refused to shoot suspect [WATCH]
ߦ   Officer wounded, suspect killed in Phoenix shooting [WATCH]
ߦ   Richard Family Want Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Death Penalty Stopped Despite Son Dying In Boston Bombing
ߦ   Texas City Crime Victims’ Candlelight Vigil – Sunday, April 19th, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

   Next >>
 
Search Archives:

Department of Justice
United States Attorney’s Office
Western District of Texas
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PAO DARYL FIELDS


Federal Jury Convicts El Paso Man in Laser Strike Incident

El Paso resident Don Ray Dorsett, age 28, faces up to five years in federal prison after a jury convicted him of
pointing a laser at an aircraft flying overhead announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman and FBI Special
Agent in Charge Douglas E. Lindquist, El Paso Division.

In February 2012, President Barrack Obama signed the “FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012” and
added a new provision that makes it a federal crime to aim a laser pointer at an aircraft. Yesterday afternoon,
jurors convicted Dorsett of violating that provision (Title 18 United States Code Section 39A—Aiming a Laser
Pointer at an Aircraft). Evidence presented during trial revealed that on January 4, 2014, Dorsett knowingly
aimed the beam of a laser pointer at a helicopter flying overhead. The aircraft belonged to the Texas
Department of Public Safety.

Sentencing is scheduled for October 2, 2014, before United States District Judge David C. Guaderrama in El
Paso.

This indictment resulted from an investigation conducted by agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation
together with the Texas Department of Public Safety and the El Paso Police Department. Assistant United
States Attorney Stanley Serwatka is prosecuting this case on behalf of the Government

Reported incidents of laser strikes are on the rise. Since the FBI and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
began tracking laser strikes in 2005, statistics reflect a more than 1,100% increase in the deliberate targeting of aircraft by people with handheld lasers. In 2013, there were a total of 3,960 laser strikes reported – an average of almost 11 incidents per day.

Earlier this year, the FBI announced the inception of the Laser Threat Awareness Campaign, a nationwide effort
led by the FBI in collaboration with the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) and the FAA to raise
awareness of aircraft laser illumination threats.

If you have information about a lasing incident, contact the El Paso FBI at 915-832-5000. If you see someone pointing a laser at an aircraft, call the nearest local law enforcement agency immediately by dialing 911. Tips can also be submitted online at https://tips.fbi.gov.

Post a comment
Name/Nickname:
(required)
Email Address: (must be a valid address)
(will not be published or shared)
Comments: (plain text only)
Printer Friendly Format  Printer Friendly Format    Send to a Friend  Send to a Friend    RSS Feed  RSS Feed
  Share   Share link on Twitter Tweet  
© 1999-2015 The Police News. All rights reserved.