Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender captured in Beaumont

Demus Lee Westmoreland, courtesy of Texas Department of Public Safety

A tip led to the arrest of a Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender Wednesday in Beaumont. 

Texas Department of Public Safety said Demus Lee Westmoreland, 52, was captured at a residence on the west side of the city by members of the U.S. Marshal's Service Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force.  

Westmoreland had been wanted since Feb. 2017 after absconding from his last known address in Galveston. He was wanted for failure to register as a sex offender and probation violation, according to DPS.

Westmoreland’s criminal history includes a 2008 conviction for aggravated sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child by exposure in a Fort Bend County incident involving a 6-year-old girl. He was sentenced to 10 years of probation. 

DPS special agents and the Berea Police Department in Kentucky assisted in the investigation that led to his capture. 

A reward of up to $3,000 will be paid for the tip that led to Westmoreland's arrest, according to DPS.


Multimedia Journalist

I am a retired U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sergeant. After a 21-year military career, in Security Forces, the military police of the Air Force, I went back to college for a journalism degree. I started working at the Tyler Morning Telegraph in June 2016.

Recommended for you