Bryan Ray Roe: Repeat Sex Offender Allegedly Assaults Autistic Boy, 9
Talk about every parent's nightmare...Police in Coryell County say that a nine-year-old autistic Abilene boy was molested at a rural Central Texas bluegrass festival. Charged with the crime is registered sex offender Bryan Ray Roe, a parolee from an earlier sex offense.
Roe, 33, allegedly lured the boy away from his family and molested him at a nearby location. The victim made an immediate outcry and Roe was arrested near the scene.
This is not Roe's first ride at the sicko rodeo. Far from it.
According to the state Attorney General's office, back in 1993, when Roe was 15, he was sentenced to six years in a Texas youth offenders facility after his conviction in the aggravated sexual assault of a nine-year-old girl.
In 2001, Roe, who is reportedly only four-foot-nine and 150 pounds and wears a size four-and-a-half shoe, was sentenced to two concurrent ten-year sentences after he was found guilty of two counts of indecency with a child by exposure. One of those victims was a boy of eight, the other a boy of eleven.
In March of last year the hobbit-sized pervert was busted for violating his parole.
The latest incident took place near the village of Pearl, 25 miles west of Gatesville, at the town's monthly music festival. The victim's family had driven down from Abilene for the weekend's festivities and wound up experiencing an alleged atrocity that could scar an already needy boy for life.
Sex offender registries were invented for dangerously sick, high-risk multiple offenders like Roe. Perhaps if that staggeringly long list weren't so riddled with lower-risk offenders (Romeo and Juliet teens, for example), and if the jails weren't so full of low-level nonviolent drug offenders, cops could spend more time monitoring people like Roe or keeping them behind bars. Maybe this time he'll stay there for a good long while, but yet more damage has been done.
Roe's last address as a free man was in Granbury, but his address for the foreseeable future is the Coryell County Jail, where bond on his latest case of aggravated sexual assault of a child was set at $500,000.
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