Lopez, a former popular Tejano music style who was convicted for two counts of sexual assault of a child has been released on parole.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
March 15, 2018
Huntsville, Texas – José Manuel Lopez, 67, also known in the Tejano music style stage name “Joe Lopez” was released today at 9:30 a.m. on parole from the Coree facility with the Texas Department of Correction (TDOC) located in Huntsville, according to the TDOC. Lopez completed a nine month sex offender treatment successfully. He served 11 years and 4 months in prison. Lopez will be required to register as a sex offender.
Lopez was convicted in 2006 for two felony counts of aggravated sexual assault (Lopez was sentenced to 20 years on one count and 8 years in prison on the second count) and one felony count for indecent contact with a child age 13 (sentenced to 4 years in prison) and was sentenced to 32 years in prison. Lopez has served 10 years.
Lopez was convicted for raping his 13-year-old niece Krystal Lopez who had his child. Lopez has indicated that he had written multiple songs while in prison and is eager to sing again and to continue with his career as a Tejano singer.
Lopez of Brownsville is the co-founder and former Tejano lead singer for the Grupo Mazz. In 1998, both Lopez and Jimmy González, the other co-founder split and two Tejano bands continued to perform Tejano style music venue as Jimmy González y Grupo Mazz and Joe Lopez y La Nueva Imagen Mazz. La Nueva Imagen Mazz band was phased out when Lopez was convicted and sent to prison.