Reward Upped for John Enard, Violent Sex Offender Who Has Vowed to Rape Again -- and Who Walked Out of a Houston Halfway House With a History of Escapes

State authorities have increased an award for information leading to the capture of a "sexually violent predator" who walked out of a Houston halfway house that has a habit of just letting these dudes walk off.

John Michael Enard, 58, removed his ankle monitor and strolled out of the Southeast Texas Transitional Center, owned by Florida-based GEO Group, January 19. The Texas Department of Public Safety warned that Enard "has made the comment that he will re-offend before he goes back to prison." He was paroled from a 75-year-sentence for aggravated kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault in 1986.

Southeast Texas Transitional Center was formerly the Ben A. Reid Community Correctional Facility; apparently GEO thought that, in the wake of multiple offender walk-offs, it'd be easier to change the name than tighten up security and whatnot. After all, we're only dealing with public safety here. (We think a better name would've been "The Sieve.")

Anyone with information can provide anonymous tips by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).

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