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Texas DPS adds former deputy, Fort Worth sex offender to Texas Most Wanted List

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Posted at 9:46 PM, Dec 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-02 23:18:34-05

The Texas Department of Public Safety has added two sex offenders to the Texas 10 Most Wanted lists.

One man, 49-year-old James Mark Bishops, was a former deputy with the Texas County Sheriff’s Office. Bishops was arrested in 2005 for allegations of sexual exploitation of a child. He was then arrested again in 2020, after he moved to Tulia, for the alleged continuous sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl.

Bishop is 6 feet 1 inch in height and Texas DPS said he is trained in martial arts. Bishop may also use false identification.

Phillip Mark Ward, 59, has been wanted since March for a parole violation and for failure to register as a sex offender.

"In 1992, Ward was convicted of two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child following incidents involving an 8-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy," said Texas DPS.

Ward is 5 feet 10 inches tall in height and has a tattoo on his chest.

To be eligible for cash rewards Texas DPS said tipsters can use one of the following three methods:

  • Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).
  • Submit a web tip through the DPS website [dps.texas.gov] by selecting the fugitive you have information about then clicking on the link under their picture.
  • Submit a Facebook tip [m.facebook.com] by clicking the “SUBMIT A TIP” link (under the “About” section).