Fort Worth Sex Offender Named February’s Featured Fugitive

February 3, 2023
February Featured Fugitive

AUSTIN – Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender John Ashley has been named this month’s Featured Fugitive. The reward for information leading to his arrest is increased to $3,000 if the tip is received this month.

John Edward Ashley, 34, of Fort Worth, has been wanted since December 2020, when the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant for his arrest for a probation violation. In December 2021, the Fort Worth Police Department issued a warrant for his arrest for failure to register as a sex offender.

In May 2020, Ashley was convicted of sexual assault of a child after an incident involving a 16-year-old girl. He subsequently was sentenced to 10 years of probation.

Ashley is 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs about 125 pounds. For more information or updates in the event of his arrest, view Ashley’s wanted bulletin.

Texas Crime Stoppers, which the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division funds, offers cash rewards to any person who provides information leading to the arrest of one of Texas’ 10 Most Wanted Fugitives or Sex Offenders. So far in 2023, DPS and other agencies have arrested four people off the lists. In addition, $3,000 in rewards has been paid for tips that yielded arrests.

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

  • Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).
  • Submit a web tip through the DPS website by selecting the fugitive you have information about then clicking on the link under their picture.
  • Submit a Facebook tip by clicking the “SUBMIT A TIP” link (under the “About” section).

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 Fugitives and Sex Offenders Lists. You can find the current lists — with photos — on the DPS website.

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