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Sex offender still on the loose after unlikely escape from clinic

The Local · 10 Jul 2011, 13:30

Published: 10 Jul 2011 13:30 GMT+02:00

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The Karl Jaspers Clinic in the town of Wehnen has provided counseling for sex offenders for the past eight years.

"He is the first person who has ever managed to escape from here," the clinic's head doctor, Joachim Dedden, told news agency DPA. A police spokesman said the man was able to pry apart the bars on the window using a strap and a broom.

Clinic personnel noticed the man was missing during a 6 am inspection round. Three hours earlier, during the previous inspection, the 40-year-old had still been in his cell.

The man was tried and sentenced for rape in January 2010. He was also tried before an Aurich court six years earlier for attempted rape, taking of a hostage and aggravated battery.

According to a description provided by police, the man is approximately 170 centimetres in height, with thinning hair, glasses and gapped teeth. He also has a tattoo of a cross on his forearm.

Investigators have launched a manhunt, and a police spokesman told news agency DAPD that they had received a number of tips but no concrete leads. It could not be confirmed whether the man was still in the area or had already fled.

Dedden said the man had arrived at the clinic in August and was still in the early stages of treatment.

State authorities have sent a representative to be briefed on details of the escape.

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Spokeswoman Heinke Träger said the representative would examine security and conduct talks with employees who were working at the time.


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Your comments about this article

15:59 July 10, 2011 by nemo999
He might be crazy, but he is smart enough to get our of the clinic.

Now let us all hope that he hurts no one.

And when he is recaptured, he is placed in another facility with a higher level of security.
19:37 July 10, 2011 by Landmine
Sex offender still on the loose after unlikely escape from clinic? I would not say the escape was "unlikely" - it actually happened!
22:33 July 10, 2011 by secondlanguage
Here we go again! When will those responsible finally realize that sex-offenders

of that scale can´t be "re-sozialisiert" into society? At very least, they should

be incarcerated in genuine high-security-prisons and not in those where you can

pry bars apart.

Sounds like a cheesy moment from a very bad movie.

May God protect the potential innocent victims that cross that creep´s path,

see related headlines on this very issue.
09:27 July 11, 2011 by DoubleDTown
On the one hand, I understand how important it is to society to protect the rights of the convicted by never showing us an un-pixelated photo of them or telling us their full names (sarcasm) -- on the other hand wouldn't a mug shot and the guy's name help the public help the police find him?
16:47 July 11, 2011 by Joe Wutbürger

If you can understand how important it is to protect the rights of the convicted, then please explain - because I sure as hell can't understand what right he has to expect any at all!
18:51 July 11, 2011 by Scuba Steve
The early stages of his treatment should have been a Lead Headache. Not PC, but it's best solution for all concerned when dealing with an apparently incurable rabid dog......
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