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Reward increased for Most Wanted Sex Offender


The reward for Mark Steven Bauman, 51, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender - and this month's featured fugitive - has increased to $13,000 for information leading to his capture if the tip comes in during the month of June. Texas Crime Stoppers tips are guaranteed to be anonymous.

Bauman was last seen in the Austin area in the summer of 2010 and has strong ties to Mexican-Central American immigrant communities in the Austin area. He speaks fluent Spanish and has used Spanish-language matchmaking websites to meet women.

He may currently reside in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras or Colombia; however, anyone with a tip that leads to his arrest, inside or outside of the United States, will receive the reward money.

Bauman, who has gone by various aliases, including Marcos Bauman, is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs approximately 170 pounds. He is currently wanted for improper photographing and visual recording involving two teenage girls, possession of child pornography, fleeing to avoid prosecution, failing to register as a sex offender and probation violation.

More information is available at http://www.dps.texas.gov/Texas10MostWanted/featured.aspx.

One offender from the Texas 10 Most Wanted Program is featured each month in hopes the higher reward money from the Governor's Criminal Justice Division will generate additional tips. The higher reward amount will only be paid if the tip comes in the same month the fugitive is featured.

Information can be provided anonymously by:

• Calling the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).

• Texting the letters DPS - followed by the tip - to 274637 (CRIMES) from a cell phone.

• Submiting a web tip through the DPS website by selecting the appropriate fugitive, and then clicking on the link under their picture.

• Submiting a Facebook tip at http://www.facebook.com/texas10mostwanted by clicking the "Submit a Tip" link, under the "About" section.

All calls, texts, emails and Facebook messages are anonymous.

The public is reminded not to attempt to apprehend this fugitive; he is considered armed and dangerous.