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October 2019

Absconding sex offenders have no place to hide as Parole launches Web-based search app

In September, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s Parole Division introduced a Web-based search engine which allows the public to access certain information about absconding sex offenders. Offenders on this list have been convicted or adjudicated of a sex offense and failed to comply with parole requirements.

Screenshot of sex offender absconder website
Absconding sex offender search results (sample page)

Easy access to identification information about sex offenders who live in our communities means suspected absconders are more likely to be recognized and reported. Wanted sex offenders will have fewer places to hide and be easier to find and apprehend.

Users should keep in mind that while TDCJ works to keep the information on this website timely and accurate, the only way to confirm a link to a sex offender record is through fingerprint verification.

Searches can be based on the offender’s name, warrant date, release date or last known address. The site includes the most recent photo of the sex offender along with prior photos taken while under Parole or CID supervision. Information regarding an offender’s whereabouts can be submitted through a link on the offender’s web page and plausible tips are sent to TDCJ’s Office of the Inspector General for investigation. Tipsters can choose to include or withhold their contact information, and anonymous tips are accepted.

This project was initiated by the Parole Division’s Specialized Programs staff during the solicitation phase of the 2017 SMART Grant. The SMART (Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehension, Registration and Tracking) Grant is funded through the 2006 Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, named in memory of a six-year-old boy who was abducted and murdered.

Sex offender registration requirements were introduced under the Adam Walsh Act. This law requires a three-tier classification system for sex offenders and “tier-three” offenders, considered the most likely to reoffend, are required to update their whereabouts frequently. The law also established a national database/registry affording the public access to sex offender information. Failure to register and update this information is a felony.

The Sex Offender Absconder Website is accessible through the TDCJ website’s Online Services link.