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East Texas media timidly reports the recent 20 year sentence of John Fred Stewart, age 63, for indecency with a minor – a 2nd degree felony (Source: KETK). The 7th District Court in Smith County posts the offender’s residence as nearby Arp, TX, as reported by news outlets. However, this is not a one-time offense for John Fred Stewart. The Smith County District Court has closed Stewart’s local sex offense case, leaving a few things unreported about his previous underage sex offenses. Namely because Stewart’s bond was set after last year’s indictment, even though he was a registered sex offender from another county.

Case No. 007-1659-16
THE STATE OF TEXAS VS. JOHN FRED STEWART; 7th District Court, Tyler, TX

John Fred Stewart, sex offender registered in Midland, TX.

FACT: this “East Texan man living in Arp, TX” is actually an absconding sex offender with a reported address in Midland, TX according to DPS records. His previous convictions include a sex offense with a minor and possession of child pornography, both charges deferred to 12 and 10 years probation. He exposed himself to underage girls, but the Smith County courts won’t expose him as a recidivist sex offender. And he was not charged with being a fugitive for absconding his supervision. Perhaps it was part of his plea from his court appointed attorney and $620 in court costs. (Source: Smith County Judicial) None of which is being reported by news networks in the region.

John Fred Stewart DOB 3/11/1954 (Courtesy DPS sex offender registry)

Apparently between March and July 2016, Stewart left Midland and did not update his address with authorities. This is yet another lifetime registered sex offender who chose to settle where he could abscond and expose himself. Child molesters can make a living sitting on local juries and acting as jailhouse snitches, with that stigma being exploited by small town prosecutors and law enforcement. We doubt the TDCAA will note Stewart’s previous sex offenses and those like him, when they gloss over Smith County district court cases.

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Written by Cherokee County, Texas

06/22/2017 at 3:25 PM

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