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$2,000 Reward Offered For Escaped Sex Offender

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - A violent sex offender walked away from a Fort Worth halfway house on Tuesday night and authorities are trying to understand how it happened.

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added Brent Allen Jozefkowicz, 48, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders list, and a cash reward up to $2,000 is now being offered for information leading to his capture.

He is considered to be a violent sexual predator from Wichita Falls. Jozefkowicz's criminal history includes indecency with a 14-year-old child and the sexual assault of a 21-year-old.

Jozefkowicz was not under the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's supervision. After completing his 16-year jail sentence for the sexual assault in 2009, a judge decided that Jozefkowicz was dangerous and needed continued monitoring.

Officials explained that Jozefkowicz somehow cut off the 24-hour electronic tracking device that he is required to wear by law. He then just walked away from the halfway house at around 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday night. Nobody there is commenting on the search, or how he was able to escape.

"We are going to be running down every lead and looking at every angle," said Sgt. Lonny Haschel with the Texas DPS. "As of right now, we don't have any information that would lead us to believe anything one way or another about assistance."

The halfway house is operated by Avalon Correctional Services out of Oklahoma City. The center holds 220 beds and provides jobs and reintegration programs to offenders.

This is the second time that an offender has escaped from this Fort Worth facility. Back in April, Charles Sprague took off and was later arrested at a casino in Oklahoma.

Jozefkowicz was last seen leaving the Fort Worth halfway house, located in the 600 block of North Henderson Street, heading west. Officials described him as a white male, 5 feet 10 inches tall and around 193 pounds, with hazel eyes and brown hair. He was wearing blue jeans, a red T-shirt and a green poncho.

Anyone with information about Jozefkowicz's location is urged to contact the Fort Worth Police Department immediately.

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