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Parole board member agrees to talk about releasing sexually-violent predators

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

Serial rapist John Michael Enard has been on the run now for 60 days after removing his GPS tracking device and absconding from a Houston halfway house.

"None of this should have ever happened," said crime victims advocate Andy Kahan.

Why?

Because Enard is one of 272 rapists and child molesters considered so dangerous and likely to reoffend the state had them civilly committed, giving them the dubious distinction of being an SVP, sexually violent predator.

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

A deviant abnormality that the state says makes them the most likely sex offenders to rape again.

"We're dealing with the worst of the worst, the most dangerous population of sex offenders," Taylor said.

And yet after Enard bolted and became one of the state's most wanted dangerous sex offenders, Fox 26 Investigates discovered the parole board actually voted to let Enard leave prison early, along with 10 other civilly committed sexually violent predators.

"Bottom line the parole board owes the public an explanation." Kahan said. "They need to explain why they did what they did, why they voted that way."

"The parole board makes decisions and on these particular individuals we released them," said parole board member Risse Owens.

According to documentation the parole board gave us the board knew all 11 of these sex offenders had been civilly committed before they were paroled from prison.

But in an interview Owens disputed that.

"There are times when we are, there are times when we are not." Owens said.

The parole board admits they knew Enard was civilly committed months before his release.

Same thing with other sexually violent predators like James Jackson, Raymond Smith and Alfred Villegas.

After repeatedly asking Owens if the parole board had ever changed course after learning an inmate had been civilly committed and stopped their parole

she said yes but couldn't offer us a specific instance in which that happened.

The parole board now says in three cases the inmates were civilly committed after they were paroled.

While final judgment orders for Norman Evers, Robert Leos and Ronald Mitchell were signed after they were paroled, the state filed paperwork seeking to civilly commit them months before they were released.

One of the few actual answers Owens gave was a shocker.

After we asked have there been other civilly committed sex offenders who've been paroled besides these 11 Owens hesitated and then replied, "Yes sir."

And of course now we want to know how many and who they are, information the state has yet to provide to us.

You would think Enard alone would make the parole board concerned.

For all they know the wanted serial rapist is somewhere turning his vow to rape again into a terrifying reality.

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