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Austin sex offender charged with probation violation – ABC 6 News

(ABC 6 News) – An Austin teen convicted of two assaults was charged Monday, June 3, with using an unregistered phone to message others, including a Mower County inmate.

Leonardo Antonio Nieto-Vazquez was taken into custody this weekend on a new charge of predatory trespasser: knowingly committing an act or failing to comply with registration requirement.

Nieto-Vazquez was sentenced earlier this year to 15 years of probation after two criminal sexual conduct cases.

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Nieto-Vazquez’s probation terms include items that prevent him from using the Internet without permission or supervision and require him to release Internet-enabled devices within 24 hours of acquiring them.

In early May, Austin police working at the Mower County Jail spotted murder suspect Jenup Chop texting an unknown number called “Leo Old.”

According to court documents, Nieto-Vazquez allegedly used his ‘old’ number to text Chop a new number, and had a discussion about having a new phone, but kept the old one in case ‘buddy’ checked in .

Police believed “friend” referred to Nieto-Vazquez’s parole agent, who would have overseen any new phone number registrations.

On May 31, police met Nieto-Vazquez at his residence, seized the phone and reportedly determined it was a smartphone that violated the terms of his probation.

Nieto-Vazquez also had a flip phone, which he was allowed to use as part of his probation, according to court documents.

Nieto-Vazquez allegedly told police he had been too busy to register the phone last month and had not done so because it would violate his probation.

He is currently being held in the Mower County Jail with no bail option, and appeared for hearings on probation violations on Tuesday.

Nieto-Vazquez is scheduled to appear for a second set of hearings on probation violations on Wednesday, June 5.