Man arrested for failing to comply with sex offender registration

BELL COUNTY - A man was arrested Tuesday by Bell County Sheriff’s after failing to comply with sex offender registration.

Officials said on November 4, the Special Crime Unit conducted a Sex Offender compliance check on Registered Sex Offender Joe Manuel Bassa at a Bell county residence.

In October 1996, Bassa was convicted of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a nine-year-old girl who was a relative. He received a 15-year sentence in prison and released in late 2013.

Investigators received written statements from the occupants at the address Bassa provided that he had not lived at the address for eight months.

Bass is required to register as a Sex Offender annually for life and had registered since 2013 until the most recent check in 2016.

Bassa is in jail on a $50,000 bond. 

(© 2016 KCEN)


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