The child rapist who escaped a Victorian compound for sex offenders has been apprehended by police.
The man, who cannot be identified, fled the building in the early hours of Wednesday morning despite wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet.
He was arrested without incident by two police officers about 11.05am this morning outside a Landsborough hotel, about 20km from the Ararat compound in Victoria's southwest.
The criminal had been living in the centre since being released from nearby Ararat Jail after serving nine years for the rape of a teenage girl during a home invasion.
The compound housed 23 of the state's worst sex offenders.
A public outcry had earlier swept the state after authorities revealed that he had disappeared because his ankle bracelet did not contain a GPS.
The device alerted police that he had fled the compound at 1.50am on Wednesday morning — but could not provide any details on where he had gone.
There was also a public backlash over a court suppression order that banned name or picture being published — despite being a criminal on the loose.
ninemsn 29 Jan 2010
Laws like this are ONLY supportive of CRIMINALS.
This shows how the government is NOT SERIOUS about the protection of it's TAX PAYERS.
YOU CAN RAPE CHILDREN and NOT EVEN GO TO JAIL.
Truly a CONVICT NATION.