Hawkins worked in Crookston upon his 2015 release

    A convicted pedophile and Level 3 sex offender from Halstad has been caught near the Mexican border after being missing for more than a month.

    Jonah James Hawkins, 26, was taken into custody in Starr County, according to information provided by the Minnesota Department of Corrections. He had been a fugitive since June 27, when he absconded from supervised release, the DOC said.

    Hawkins was released from prison in April of 2015 to intensive supervised release. A required Level 3 offender public notification meeting was held soon after in Crookston at the high school because corrections officials indicated at the time that Hawkins was employed in Crookston.

    The sex offender, who was convicted of sexual contact with a 3-year-old in Cass County, N.D., was last seen leaving his residence in Halstad, and was finally located and taken into custody Friday, Aug. 4. For security reasons, the DOC is not releasing the date that Hawkins will be returned to Minnesota.

    Starr County is at the very southern tip of Texas, separated from Mexico only by the Rio Grande.

    A Level 3 predatory offender designation indicates the offender is most likely to re-offend.