Timothy Rosales Jr.: Yet Another Escapee from a Houston Halfway House
Timothy Rosales Jr. is the first rapist of 2011 to escape from the privately run Ben Reid halfway house, and the second to escape in a little over a month.
The 39-year-old sex offender fled from the Beaumont Highway facility around 6:15 Monday night, according to the Department of Public Safety. He's considered armed and dangerous. And, like Arthur William Brown, the rapist who escaped in late December, he was able to remove his electronic monitoring ankle bracelet.
We wrote about the unsecured Reid facility, and its parent company, the Florida-based GEO Group, in December. Two months before the story ran, Anthony Ray Ferrell escaped from Reid and allegedly shot and killed a 24-year-old good samaritan who intervened in a gas station purse-snatching. Another rapist split the Reid facility a few weeks before Ferrell slipped out.
Although the place is like a freaking sieve, there is nothing in GEO's contract with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice about a maximum number of vicious sexual predators that can be let loose on the public in a given amount of time. And once these monsters step off the Reid premises, they're no longer GEO's problem: It is up to actual real-life law enforcement officers to apprehend the escapees. All GEO personnel need to do is pick up the phone and make a few calls once they realize an offender hasn't returned on time.
Needless to say, we're a little concerned about the kind of people who are standing between the public and some armed asshole who likes to rape 16-year-old kids.
You know who doesn't need to worry? GEO's top executives. Their salaries and benefits are secure. They will continue to make money off the Reid facility. And besides, their families don't live anywhere near the facility. So what in the world would they have to worry about?
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