Former Grupo Mazz front man to be released from prison

(Photo courtesy of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice)

Former front man of Brownsville-based Tejano band Grupo Mazz Jose “Joe” Manuel Lopez will soon be a free man.

Lopez was approved for release by a parole panel on Jan. 26 after completing a nine-month-long sex offender treatment program.

Upon release, Lopez will have to adhere to strict conditions, according to Raymond Estrada, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

The special conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • No contact with victim;
  • No unsupervised contact with children < 17 Years
  • Sex offender registration
  • Prohibition on internet access
  • Sex Offender Program
  • SISP: Super Intensive Supervision Program
  • Offender shall not reside with, contact, or cause to be contacted any person 17 years of age, or younger, in person, by telephone, correspondence, video or audio device, third person, media, or any electronic means, unless approved by the supervising parole officer; and
  • Offender shall not enter the specified county(s) without prior approval, Harris County, Texas.

In October 2006, Lopez was convicted on two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and one count indecency with a child. The victim was 13 years old.

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