July 8, 2014

Reward offered for sex offender

Authorities believe a wanted sex offender considered armed and dangerous could be in Fort Worth, Arlington, Keller or Hurst.

State officials put a wanted sex offender who had been living in Fort Worth on the state’s 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender list on Tuesday and offered a $5,000 reward for the capture of the suspect, described as armed and dangerous.

The Texas Department of Public Safety placed Randy Jay Hofstetter, 28, on the list Tuesday, wanted for parole and probation violations and failure to register as a sex offender.

Authorities believe Hofstetter, whose last address was in the 6500 block of Normandy Road in Fort Worth, could be in Fort Worth, Arlington, Keller or Hurst. He also has ties to Sulphur Springs.

Hofstetter has been on the run since January, after several warrants were issued for his arrest, according to DPS reports.

Hofstetter was convicted in September 2009 on three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child for incidents in Hopkins County involving an 8-year-old girl. Sulphur Springs is in Hopkins County and more than 110 miles northeast of Fort Worth.

He was sentenced to 10 years of probation, but he was arrested and charged with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) in Tarrant County. He was sentenced to five years in prison and served two years and eight months before he was paroled in February 2013.

In January, a probation violation warrant was issued for Hofstetter out of Hopkins County as well as a parole violation warrant by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. Tarrant County authorities issued a warrant for Hofstetter on Feb. 13 for failure to register as a sex offender.

Hofstetter is described as about 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing about 220 pounds. He has several tattoos: a biohazard emblem on the right side of his chest; a portrait of a little girl on the left side of his chest; the words “In Loving Memory of Paw Paw” on his arm; and other tattoos on his ankles and arms. He has scars on his abdomen, forehead and left cheek, and discoloration marks on his back.

Authorities said he has been known to seek jobs at temporary staffing agencies.

Anyone with information should call a local police department or 800-252-8477.

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