Attorney: Texas loophole hides some sex offenders’ identities

A database search reveals that there are more than 6,000 sex offenders living in Texas. More than 4,100 of those individuals reside in Houston.

But an 11 News investigation revealed that there are potentially more sex offenders out there that you will never know about.

A man who called himself Mike talked about the findings.

Texas database search reveals that there are more than 6,000 sex offenders living in Texas. More than 4,100 of those individuals reside in Houston.

He did not want his true identity revealed, for fear of retaliation.

Mike said he knows of one convicted criminal in particular who is flying under the radar.

“We searched every sex offender database and his name doesn’t come up anywhere, yet he has a conviction plain as day. It’s baffling,” said Mike.

He’s talking about 49-year-old Barry Saulter.

In 1984, Saulter was charged with a felony for a sex offense against a child. He served eight years in prison.

Records show that Saulter began a 15-year sentence for felony burglary in 2002. The data also showed that in 2007, Saulter was paroled for that offense. That’s when Mike offered him a room at the halfway house he runs for parolees. Saulter’s parole officer had only one requirement, said Mike.

“Stating that he was convicted of a sex offense and I should report any strange behavior. They gave us a list of things to look out for,” he said.

Not even a month passed by before Mike said he became very worried about Saulter’s behavior. He said he documented all of it on his computer.

But when Mike went to authorities to report the behavior, he said he was told there was nothing they could do.

“They’re like, if he was a registered sex offender he’d be arrested right now, but since he’s not, there’s really nothing we can do,” said Mike.

So how could this be possible?

Former Assistant District Attorney Kim Ogg said Saulter is being protected by a loophole in Texas law.

“Pre-1997, offenders who were not placed on parole or discharged from their sentence did not have to register,” said Ogg.

Saulter isn’t the only one. Ogg said that countless other sex offenders who finished their sentences or parole before 1997 also don’t have to register.

“Parents should know that if they go on a sex offender database that’s not a guarantee that a person who is absent is not someone without a history,” said Ogg.

The former DA said she doesn’t believe that the law can change.

“You can’t undo a law that was in place for someone when they were being held accountable. The justice system doesn’t work that way,” said Ogg.

The news has left Mike worried that sex offenders like Saulter are going to commit new crimes against children.

“I tried to stop it and the only way this is going to change is if someone else gets hurt,” said Mike.

Published in: on December 5, 2008 at 11:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

Joshua A. Uerkvitz – Repeat Sex Offender – Going back to prison


A convicted sex offender was sent to prison today for possessing child pornography while on probation for molesting a child.

U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer sentenced Joshua A. Uerkvitz, 23, of Rochester to 10 years in prison and ordered that he spend 15 years on supervised release when his prison term concludes.

In August 2006, Uerkvitz was sentenced to 10 years’ probation and six months in Monroe County Jail after he pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual abuse involving sexual contact with a child under 11.

Probation officers found images on his home computer in June 2007. He pleaded guilty in June 2008 to possession of child pornography.

Larimer said he’ll recommend that federal prison officials place Uerkvitz in a federal medical facility because Uerkvitz has physical, psychiatric and emotional illnesses that require medication and supervision. Since his arrest, he has been held on a medical floor of County Jail.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

Joshua A. Uerkvitz – Repeat Sex Offender – Going back to prison


A convicted sex offender was sent to prison today for possessing child pornography while on probation for molesting a child.

U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer sentenced Joshua A. Uerkvitz, 23, of Rochester to 10 years in prison and ordered that he spend 15 years on supervised release when his prison term concludes.

In August 2006, Uerkvitz was sentenced to 10 years’ probation and six months in Monroe County Jail after he pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual abuse involving sexual contact with a child under 11.

Probation officers found images on his home computer in June 2007. He pleaded guilty in June 2008 to possession of child pornography.

Larimer said he’ll recommend that federal prison officials place Uerkvitz in a federal medical facility because Uerkvitz has physical, psychiatric and emotional illnesses that require medication and supervision. Since his arrest, he has been held on a medical floor of County Jail.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

WANTED: Michael Joe Bowers – Repeat Sex Offender


Investigators with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, responded to a report of a kidnapping and sexual assault in the Green Mountain area, a rural part of S.W. Polk County, on November 14th 2008.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of 41-year old Michael Joe Bowers for first-degree Attempted Rape, first-degree Sodomy, first-degree Kidnapping, Felon in Possession of a weapon, and second-degree Assault, in connection with that incident.

Bowers, who stands five foot eight inches tall and weighs 200 pounds, lives and frequents the Siletz, Oregon area.

Investigators say he is a registered sex offender and has been under supervision by the Lincoln County Parole and Probation Department.

Michael Joe Bowers should be considered armed and dangerous.

If you know the location of Mr. Bowers, please call Detective Mark Garton at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office (503-623-9251) or call 911.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

WANTED: Michael Joe Bowers – Repeat Sex Offender


Investigators with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, responded to a report of a kidnapping and sexual assault in the Green Mountain area, a rural part of S.W. Polk County, on November 14th 2008.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of 41-year old Michael Joe Bowers for first-degree Attempted Rape, first-degree Sodomy, first-degree Kidnapping, Felon in Possession of a weapon, and second-degree Assault, in connection with that incident.

Bowers, who stands five foot eight inches tall and weighs 200 pounds, lives and frequents the Siletz, Oregon area.

Investigators say he is a registered sex offender and has been under supervision by the Lincoln County Parole and Probation Department.

Michael Joe Bowers should be considered armed and dangerous.

If you know the location of Mr. Bowers, please call Detective Mark Garton at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office (503-623-9251) or call 911.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte