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February 3, 2020

Reward Increased to $4,000 for Most Wanted Sex Offender from Houston

Leonard Dee Taylor
Leonard Dee Taylor

AUSTIN – The reward for Leonard Dee Taylor — a Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender and this month's featured fugitive — has been increased to $4,000 for information leading to his capture, if the tip comes in during the month of February. Taylor, 48, is wanted for failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements and a parole violation.

Taylor has been wanted since April 2018, when he absconded from his last known address in Houston. He also has ties to Bowie County (Texarkana) and parts of Louisiana. In 2003, Taylor was convicted in Bowie County of two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child after incidents involving two girls, ages 4 and 9.

Taylor is 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighs approximately 150 pounds and has tattoos on the tops of both hands. For more information or updates in the event of his arrest, see his wanted bulletin.

One offender from the Texas 10 Most Wanted Program is featured each month in hopes that the higher reward money from the Governor's Criminal Justice Division will generate additional tips. The higher reward will only be paid if the tip comes in the same month the fugitive is featured. In 2019, Texas Crime Stoppers paid $40,500 in total rewards for anonymous tips that resulted in arrests.

To be eligible for the cash rewards, tipsters MUST provide information to authorities using one of the three following methods:

All tips are anonymous – regardless of how they are submitted – and tipsters will be provided a tip number instead of using a name.

DPS investigators work with local law enforcement agencies to select fugitives for the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive and Sex Offender lists. You can find the current lists – with photos – on the DPS website.

Do not attempt to apprehend these fugitives; they are considered armed and dangerous.

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