AUSTIN -- The Texas Department of Public Safety is offering a reward for information leading to the capture of a Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender in the Bryan area.

DPS added 52-year-old Sammy Lee Nickerson to the Most Wanted Sex Offenders list, offering a cash reward for up to $5,000 for information leading to his arrest.

DPS said Nickerson has a violent criminal past and is wanted for failure to register as a sex offender and parole violation.

Nickerson has ties to several Texas cities including Bryan,Hearne, Navasota and College Station. DPS said he has previously worked in the poultry industry.His criminal past includes aggravated sexual assault of a child, burglary, larceny and evading arrest.

Nickerson is 6 feet, 1 inch tall and weighs approximately 225 pounds. DPS said Nickerson has used the alias Sammy Shields and may be known by that name in the Bryan area. He has a tattoo on his upper left arm and scars on his abdomen, hands, right wrist and left arm.

If you have any information on Nickerson that may help with his capture, there are four ways you can provide anonymous tips to police:

  • Call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477)
  • Text the letters DPS, followed by your tip, to 274637 (CRIMES)
  • Submit a web tip through the DPS website by selecting the fugitive you have information about and then clicking on the link below their picture. Go here to submit a tip regarding Nickerson.
  • Submit a Facebook tip by clicking here, then clicking the submit a tip link under the About section.
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