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October 9, 2010

Sex offender convicted without his presence

Athens — The Henderson County District Attorney’s Office is seeking assistance in locating Thomas Hernandez Salasies, 47, of Corsicana. 

Salasies was convicted Thursday by a Henderson County Jury of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Disabled Person and sentenced to 60 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Salasies was on trial for the 2008 offense in the 173rd Judicial District Court.  Testimony in the trial began Tuesday in the courthouse in Athens. 

Salasies, who was out on a $50,000 bond, was present during testimony both Tuesday and Wednesday, but failed to show for court Thursday morning. 

Judge Dan Moore immediately revoked his bond, and issued a capias for his arrest. 

Although Salasies failed to show for the last day of his trial, Texas law allows for the trial to continue if a defendant voluntarily does not show. 

The jury took just under 10 minutes to sentence Salasies to 60 years after finding him guilty earlier in the day. 

First Assistant District Attorney Mark Hall and Assistant DA Nancy Rumar prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s office. 

“I am very pleased with the sentence handed down by the jury” said District Attorney Scott McKee.  “However, this case will not be closed until he is found”. 

The U.S. Marshall’s office, as well as local and state law enforcement agencies, have launched a manhunt for Salasies. 

Anyone with information about Salasies’ whereabouts is encouraged to call there local law enforcement agency or the Henderson County District Attorney’s office at 903-675-6100.

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