The former lead singer of Brownsville-based Tejano band Grupo Mazz Jose “Joe” Manuel Lopez has been approved for transfer to a sexual offender education program. 

The move was approved on Friday, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice website

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. 

He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Lopez will be transferred to a sex offender education program and will be granted a parole hearing completion of the program in four months. 

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