A violent sex offender cut off his ankle monitor and walked away from a halfway house near downtown Tuesday night, the second civilly committed sex offender to leave the facility since April.
A reward of up to $2,000 was immediately offered for Brent Allen Jozefkowicz, 48, who left the halfway house at 600 N. Henderson St. shortly after 10:30 p.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety said in a news release.
Jozefkowicz has a 30-year record of sex offenses. He was released from a Texas prison in March 2009 after completing a 16-year sentence for the sexual assault of a 21-year-old woman in Wichita County. A judge then ordered him committed to the state’s program for sex offenders, and he was assigned to the Fort Worth halfway house.
“He does have ties to the Wichita Falls area, but we have no information that specifically directs the search in that area,” DPS Sgt. Lonny Haschel said in an email Wednesday.
He also has ties to Dallas-Fort Worth and Cotton County, Okla, according to a news release.
Jozefkowicz is white, about 5 feet 10 and 193 pounds with hazel eyes and brown hair. He has tattoos on his right shoulder and both thighs, and scars on his right wrist and left hand.
He was seen walking on Texas 199 (Henderson Street/Jacksboro Highway) wearing bluejeans, a red T-shirt and a green poncho.
In 1984, he was sentenced to two years in prison for indecency with a child involving a 14-year-old girl in Wichita County, according to DPS records. In 1989, he was convicted in North Carolina of assault on a female and placed on probation. In 1992, he was charged in Georgia with sexual battery, solicitation of sodomy, contributing to delinquency and simple battery, but prosecutors dismissed the charges, records showed.
In 1992, he was convicted of the sexual assault in Wichita County and sentenced to 16 years in prison, according to Texas Department of Criminal Justice records. He completed his sentence March 3, 2009.
He was then ordered into the state’s civil sex offender program, run by the Office of Violent Sex Offender Management. The program was created in 1999 to keep under supervision those offenders who have two sexual offense convictions and a “behavioral abnormality.” Initially, the hope was that with therapy and other treatment, the offenders could be safely returned to the community.
But of the more than 380 ex-convicts who have been assigned to the program, none have been released because they have completed treatment. Three men were released after the courts decided they were mistakenly placed in the program. About half the clients have been returned to prison or jail, some for minor rule violations such as being late to a meeting.
And one man was allowed to leave the Henderson Street halfway house after six years to live independently, but he must still wear an ankle monitor.
The program is in disarray. The Montgomery County judge who conducted all the civil commitment proceedings was recently stripped by lawmakers of his authority, creating a backlog of hearings. The head of the agency and the chairman of the board that supervises the agency both resigned in April 2014. And Oklahoma-based Avalon Correctional Services, which runs halfway houses including the one in Fort Worth, has told the state to remove all sex offenders from its halfway houses by Aug. 31.
Jozefkowicz is the second sex offender to leave the Henderson halfway house since April. On April 15, Charles Sprague, 44, cut off his tracking device and left. He was arrested a few days later at Winstar Casino in Thackerville, Okla., without incident.
This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.
Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763
Have you seen this man?
▪ Anyone with information about Brent Allen Jozefkowicz is asked to call 911, local police or the DPS at 214-861-2040 or 817-657-1999. All tipsters are guaranteed anonymity.
▪ A reward of up to $2,000 is being offered for information leading to his arrest.