Reward increased for man on Texas Most Wanted Sex Offenders list

Mark Bauman is wanted for improper Photography or Visual Recording, Probation Violation, Fail to Register as Sex Offender, Flight to Avoid Prosecution, Possession of Child Pornography. His last known area is Austin, Texas. Bauman is considered armed and dangerous. He was last spotted in the Austin, Texas area in the summer of 2010. More information from the Texas Department of Public Safety Texas Crime Stoppers offers rewards to any person who provides information that leads to the arrest of one of the 10 Most Wanted Fugitives. Anyone with information can provide anonymous tips in three different ways: Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477). Text the letters DPS?followed by your tip?to 274637 (CRIMES) from your cell phone. Submit a tip through the DPS website by selecting the fugitive you have information about, and then clicking on the link under their picture to submit a web tip. All calls, texts or e-mails are anonymous.

June 5, 2012 2:39:10 AM PDT
Authorities have increased the reward for anyone who helps them put one of the state's most wanted a sex offenders behind bars this month.

Texas Crime Stoppers now is offering a $13,000 reward for information that leads them to the arrest of 31-year-old Mark Steven Bauman. Tips are guaranteed to be anonymous, and to get the cash, the information must lead to his arrest before July.

Bauman, a convicted sex offender, is currently wanted on charges of improper photography/visual recording (involving two teenage girls), possession of child pornography, flight to avoid prosecution, failure to register as a sex offender and probation violation.

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

Authorities suspect Bauman may currently reside in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras or Colombia; however, anyone with a tip that leads to his arrest, inside or outside of the U.S., will receive the reward money.

Bauman has gone by various aliases, including Marcos Bauman. He is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs approximately 170 pounds.

Anyone with information can provide anonymous tips by calling the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477) or texting the letters "DPS" followed by your tip to 274637 (CRIMES) from your cell phone. Crime Stoppers also accepts tips the DPS website; select the fugitive you have information about and then click on the link under their picture. Finally, Facebook users also can submit a tip on