BRYAN - Sammy Lee Nickerson, 52, was arrested at the Baker Oaks apartments across the street from Fannin Elementary School.
"Certain sex offenses require registration once you're convicted, some of them for a lifetime. Depending on the nature of the crime and the number of times you might have committed such a crime you're assessed a risk. It can go from low to high. The high risk offenders are the ones that have child safety restrictions where they can't live near a school, they can't be around playgrounds. On a high risk offender, they're often under parole supervision or probation supervision so they're kept up with. Even the most high risk sometimes might have to check in daily," said Brazos County Sheriff Chris Kirk.
Nickerson was considered low risk, but he was placed on the 10 most wanted list because of his past and the fact that law enforcement couldn't find him because they didn't have updated information.
Use the links to the side of this story to get information on sex offenders that might be living near you.
Here's the DPS statement from this morning:
Sammy Lee Nickerson, 52, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender, is now in custody after being arrested on Thursday in Bryan, Texas. Nickerson’s criminal history includes aggravated sexual assault of a child and burglary, and he was wanted for failure to register as a sex offender and parole violation.
Tip information led Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Criminal Investigations Division agents to a Bryan apartment complex at 1300 Baker Avenue where Nickerson was located and arrested without incident. Since the arrest was the result of a tip, a reward up to $5,000 will be paid.
Nickerson’s apprehension is the fifth arrest so far in 2014 for the Texas 10 Most Wanted program. In 2013, DPS and other agencies arrested an all-time record of 32 Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives and Sex Offenders. Texas Crime Stoppers, which is funded by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division, offers cash rewards to any person who provides information that leads to the arrest of one of the Texas 10 Most Wanted fugitives or sex offenders.
There are many different ways to provide anonymous tips:
-Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).
-Text the letters DPS – followed by your tip – to 274637 (CRIMES) from your cell phone.
-Submit a web tip through the DPS website by selecting the fugitive you have information about, and then clicking on the link under their picture.
All calls, texts, e-mails and Facebook messages are anonymous.
DPS investigators work with local law enforcement agencies to select fugitives for the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive and Sex Offender lists.
Do not attempt to apprehend these fugitives; they are considered armed and dangerous.