FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – State troopers said a dangerous sex offender, Brent Allen Jozefkowicz, 48, cut off his ankle bracelet tracking device and walked away from a halfway house in the 600 block of North Henderson Street last night around 10:30. They said it’s highly possible Jozefkowicz could commit sexual crimes again.
“It’s the nature of the offense, sexual assault and indecency with a child,” said DPS Spokesman Sgt. Lonny Haschel. “That’s why we want folks to be vigilant, watch the people around them.”
Records show Jozefkowicz served a total of 18 years in jail for aggravated sexual assault of a 21-year old woman and and sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl. A judge assigned him into supervised custody when he released from jail. Now the state is offering a $2000 reward for his capture.
“If they see anybody that matches the description we put out there or they see the picture and they say, ‘Hey, you know what? The person kind a looks like that,’ call law enforcement, local police, the sheriff or somebody and let them know so they can check it out,” Haschel said.
A sex offender fled the same halfway house back in April. A nearby business owner — who asked not to be identified — said Jozefkowicz told him many of their privileges had been revoked after that escape and that Jozefkowicz was unhappy.
The Texas Office of Violent Sex Offender Management pays a private company called Avalon to run the halfway house.
Tonight the company told us they couldn’t lock up Jozefkowicz stating, “Physical restraint by the halfway house staff is not authorized or allowed by the contract agencies…we followed OVSOM protocol in this instance.”
Avalon is ending it contract with state and is apparently relieved it won’t have to house sex offenders stating, “We welcome OVSOM’s recent public announcement that their civil commitment placements will soon be placed in a centralized location, away from our facility.”
OVSOM would only say the contract with Avalon will expire at the end of the month and the sex offenders would be moved to a centralized facility in the Panhandle.
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