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Man who ID’d himself to police with intercourse offender card at Conroe Catholic college sentenced to 99 years in jail

CONROE, Texas – A jury sentenced a sex offender to 99 years in prison on Wednesday.

James Ray Bates, 65, received the sentence for failing to meet his sex offender registration requirements.

Prosecutors said they had produced evidence that Bates was illegally present at the Catholic School of the Sacred Heart on April 26, 2019. At that time, after a mass on Friday morning, both students and teachers were outside the school building. Prosecutors said Bates walked through a number of college students and approached a student’s father to ask for money for food. The father offered to provide Bates direct with food, but Bates declined the offer, started screaming, and refused to leave. Prosecutors said a Conroe Police Department officer who maintains security at Sacred Heart arrested Bates while he was showing his sex offender registration card for identification.

Following a jury conviction for violating sex offender registration requirements, prosecutors produced evidence of Bate’s extensive criminal history and pattern of predatory behavior. The jury heard evidence that Bates was jailed three times in the 1980s and 1990s. In 2001, Bates was convicted of aggravated sexual assault and home burglary in Tarrant County and sentenced to prison. Because of these beliefs, Bates was forced to register as a sex offender for life.

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A Fort Worth police officer testified that Bates forced entry into a hospital room and sexually assaulted an elderly woman who was recovering from hip replacement surgery. A Conroe officer and a private detective testified about her arrest and investigation into Bates in 2018 for breaking into an assisted living facility. The investigation found that Bates was in the homes of two female residents. One resident was 103 years old and the second resident was 93 years old. Another Conroe police officer testified that he arrested Bates in 2017 for indecent exposure in the Hobby lobby parking lot.

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