Former Tejano star released from prison after child sex crime conviction

Jose "Joe" Lopez
Jose "Joe" Lopez
Updated: Mar. 15, 2018 at 1:59 PM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, TX (KCBD) - The former lead singer and co-founder of the Tejano group Mazz, Jose "Joe" Lopez, has been released from prison after serving 11 years for multiple sex offense charges including the "rape of his 13-year-old niece" according to multiple news outlets in South Texas.

Officials with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice say Lopez was approved for parole in January of this year has been granted release.

In 2006, a Cameron County jury sentenced Lopez to 32 years in prison for three counts stemming from the October 2004 rape," according to the Brownsville Herald.

Lopez was sentenced to 20 years for one count of aggravated sexual assault of a child; eight years for a second count of aggravated sexual assault of a child; and four years for indecency with a child. His sentences were to be served concurrently and was to be released in October 2026.

Lopez is required to register as a sex offender and will be on supervised parole until October 2026. He is also required to complete the Sex Offender Education Program.

The TDCJ website says the "Sex Offender Education Program (SOEP) consists of a four-month curriculum to assist sex offenders determined to pose a lower re-offense risk or who may be releasing to an extended period of supervision during which they may participate in treatment."

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