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A man from Tulia has been added to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list.  

James Mark Bishop, 49, has been wanted since July for two active warrants for continuous sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child. The warrants were issued by the Tulia Police Department.  

Bishop was arrested in 2005 for allegations of sexual exploitations of a child. He was a deputy with the Texas County Sheriff’s Office in Oklahoma at the time.  

He was also convicted in 2007 of five counts of knowingly downloading child porn, according to a news release from the Texas Department of Public Safety.  

Bishop was released from prison in 2011. He was placed on probation and moved to Tulia, the news release reads.  

He was arrested again in 2020 for continuous sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child by sexual contact. Those incidents involved a 12-year-old girl.  

Now the Texas County Sheriff’s Office in Oklahoma has issued a warrant to revoke his probation.  

Bishop is 6-foot-1 white male and weighs 245 pounds. He is trained in martial arts and is suspected of using false identification.  

Phillip Mark Ward, of Fort Worth, was also named to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders List.  

The 59-year-old has been wanted since March when the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles issued a warrant for a parole violation.  

The Fort Worth Police Department also issued a warrant for his failure to register as a sex offender.  

The charges against Ward stem from a case from 1992 in which he was convicted of two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child. The case involved an 8-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy.  

He was sentenced to 75 years in prison and was released on parole in February 2017.  

Ward is a 5-foot-10 white male and weighs 180 pounds. He has a tattoo on his chest.  

According to his Wanted bulletin, Ward is also known by Phil Ward, Mark Ward and Mark Hill Ward.  

Crime Stoppers is offering $7,500 for information leading to Bishop’s arrest and $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest of Ward. All tips will remain anonymous.  

For updated information on both of these offenders, check out their Wanted bulletins on the Texas DPS website.  

Tips can be called in at 1(800)252-8477, they can be provided via the DPS website or they can be submitted through the Facebook tip line.  

These fugitives are considered armed and dangerous.  

Ellysa Harris, Muleshoe Journal

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