$3,000 Reward Offered for Most Wanted Sex Offender from Polk County

AUSTIN July 20, 2015 – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added Michael Dwayne Cox, 46, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders list, and a cash reward up to $3,000 is now being offered for information leading to his capture. Cox, who is a violent sex offender, is wanted for failure to register as a sex offender. All tips are guaranteed to be anonymous.

Cox has ties to Houston, and the Polk County (Onalaska and Livingston) and San Jacinto County (Point Blank) areas. In 1994, Cox was convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child after an incident in Dallas County involving a 9-year-old girl. He subsequently was sentenced to 10 years in prison. For more information or updates in the event of his arrest, see his wanted bulletin at: http://dps.texas.gov/Texas10MostWanted/SexOffenderDetails.aspx?id=293.

Cox is 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs approximately 170 pounds and is known to wear glasses. Cox may be using the alias Michael Lightfoot. He has a tattoo on his right arm and a scar on his left arm. Cox has previously worked in maintenance jobs.

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.

To be eligible for the cash rewards, there are five different ways to provide anonymous tips:

All tips are anonymous – regardless of how they are submitted.

DPS investigators work with local law enforcement agencies to select fugitives for the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive and Sex Offender lists. You can find the current lists – with photos – on the DPS website at http://www.dps.texas.gov/texas10mostwanted/.

Do not attempt to apprehend these fugitives; they are considered armed and dangerous.

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