Shelby County Sheriff's Office seeking public's help in finding sex offender

Shelby County Sheriff's Office seeking public's help in finding sex offender

SHELBY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The Shelby County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in finding a registered sex offender who is wanted for failure to register.

According to a press release from the sheriff's office, Richard Elmo Coon, 42, is 6-foot-0 and weighs about 175 pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair, and he has tattoos on his right and left hip.

Coon's last known address was on County Road 1023 in Center.

The Texas Department of Public Safety's online Sex Offender Registry states that Coon's risk level is "moderate." He was convicted for aggravated sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child by sexual contact in July of 1995 and January of 1996 respectively in Harris County. In both cases, the victim was a 13-year-old girl.

According to, Coon initially received a sentence of 10 years of deferred adjudication. However, in August of 2000, he was sentenced to 12 years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison.

Center Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information," the press release stated. "Anyone who has information regarding this crime should call Center Crime Stoppers at (936) 598-SAFE (7233) or submit a tip online at  Remember you don't have to give your name. All calls and cash rewards are completely anonymous. Rewards will only be paid on tips submitted through the Center Crime Stoppers system."

The press release stated that if a tipster doesn't want to remain anonymous or receive a reward, he or she may call the Shelby County Sheriff's Office at (936)-598-5600 and speak to SCSO Investigator Chad Brown.

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