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Sex offender escapes from local half-way house

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A sex offender has escaped a half-way house in Del Valle. U.S. Marshals say he is in the highest risk category for re-offending and his victims are minors.

The wanted offender is 41-year-old Kevin Patrick Stoeser.

Marshals say Stoeser escaped the Austin Transitional Center at 3154 East Highway 71 in Del Valle on October 24th.

Stoeser was serving out the remainder of his conviction for various sex crimes involving five teen girls. His crimes were committed, marshals say, while he was stationed at Ft. Hood in the early 2000s.

At least one of the crimes took place on post.

"He not only took advantage of them sexually but took images of them," said Deputy U.S. Marshal Hector Gomez.

In 2003, Stoeser was sentenced to 13 years in military prison and dishonorably discharged. Two months ago he arrived in Del Valle.

Now he's gone.

Stoeser has several tattoos including the name "Kayla" on one of his forearms, the word "OUTLAW" across his shoulder blades on his back. He also has a tribal band and barbed wire on his arms.

Marshals say he may be found around schools, libraries and shelters. He will also be in need of money and may be offering to work day labor type jobs.

Their biggest fear is Stoeser may be looking to re-offend.

"He will go through the slow motions of developing a relationship with a woman who has a child," Gomez said. "His ulterior motive would be the young child."

If you know his whereabouts call the Lonestar Fugitive Task Force Tipline at 512-916-5393. You can also text a tip to 847411.

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