Sunday, March 28, 2010

Thomas Louis Van Hook - Repeat Sex Offender - Tried to be a Babysitter

A judge has sentenced a man to 40 years in prison without the possibility of parole for violating rules all convicted sex offenders must follow in Texas.

A Jasper County jury took only 30 minutes Wednesday afternoon to decide the punishment for Thomas Louis Van Hook, 56. The jury convicted him of not complying with sex offender registration. Prosecutors say he didn't list his place of employment as required by law.

Jasper County deputies arrested Van Hook in January of 2009.

They say he posted signs on bulletin boards across Jasper County, offering to babysit girls between 11 months and nine years old. The price was $12 for a weekend of babysitting four children, with the first weekend free of charge.

The sheriff said the ad should have been a red flag to parents.

Public records show that in the 1980's Van Hook served time for child indecency. In the 1990's he went to jail for indecency with a child by sexual contact. In 2001 Van Hook was sentenced for indecent exposure.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

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