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Parole board members dodge questions about freeing dangerous predators

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For the last 40 days serial rapist John Michael Enard has been God knows where doing God knows what.

Enard is just one of 272 rapists and child molesters considered so dangerous the state has them civilly committed and labels them as sexually violent predators.

"These are guys that have an extensive, extensive sexually violent history and also a behavior abnormality," said Allison Taylor, director for the state's civil commitment program.

A deviant abnormality that makes these predators the most likely to rape again.

But that didn't stop parole board member Rissie Owens from voting yes to releasing Enard early, shaving off almost 50 years of his prison time.

"I was absolutely shocked and stunned to find out that Enard, and now we're finding out others like Enard, were actually voted out by the parole board," said crime victims advocate Andy Kahan.

Since Owens voted yes to paroling a number of sexually violent predators, we went to her office in Huntsville to find out why. In about a 20 minute time span we ask 2 employees the same thing, can Owens give us just a few minutes of her time?

The first employee totally blows us off while the second refers us to Harry Battison, the parole board's spokesman.

We point out we've tried to go through Battison before and besides he's not the one who voted to release these sexually violent predators.

We're assured Owens will grant us an interview if we schedule it through Battison, but so far we've yet to get a firm yes from Owens.

Parole board member Conrith Davis also voted yes to freeing Enard and several other sexually violent predators.

We went to his office in Angelton. Mr. Davis was on a conference call. An employee told us and she didn't know long he would be.

We tell that employee we'll return in a little bit to see if Davis has time to talk to us.

We return about 40 minutes later to see Davis getting into his car.

Even though he undoubtedly heard me screaming his name and tapping on his car window, Davis speeds away.

Conrith Davis is not the first person to run away from us and Enard is not the first sexually violent predator to run away from this Houston halfway house.

"These are the people you should be scared of and that's why they've been classified to receive civil commitment," Kahan points out.

All the civilly committed sexually violent predators must wear GPS tracking devices.

"They're on active GPS tracking which is on real time 24/7," Taylor said.

But like Enard several have ditched their tracking device and jumped the fence for freedom.

Last fall sexually violent predator Thomas Lee Elkins spent 14 days on the run.

54-year-old Bruce McCain, another civilly committed sexually violent predator was on the run for almost a month.

43-year-old Michael Young ditched his GPS tracking device and jumped the halfway house fence last April.

That sexually violent predator was arrested two weeks later in Austin in the process of chocking a woman.

"None of the SVP's in this program have been charged with or convicted of a new sex crime," said Taylor.

But that could change with Enard. The serial rapist who vowed to rape again has yet to be found.

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