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Police hunt sex offender who 'walked out of clinic'

The Local · 7 May 2012, 11:39

Published: 07 May 2012 11:39 GMT+02:00

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In an unusual move in Germany, a photograph of the man, named as Wolfgang Dorf, was released on Sunday as police in Mainkofen launched their appeal for information.

A statement said he absconded from a hospital while receiving court-prescribed treatment there.

“Mr. Dorf was sentenced to a long period of incarceration for, among other things, sexual crimes,” the statement said.

A police spokesman told The Local that Dorf had been in prison for around 20 years. It is not thought he attacked children.

In Germany sentences are generally limited to 15 years maximum even for murder, with people only held for longer if they are considered to be dangerous.

"We are using all facilities available to us," the spokesman said. "That includes following up any potential contact he might make to others such as family."

He said Dorf's picture was being sent to police forces around the country.

Dorf is described as 1.78 metres tall, lean, with dark blonde hair, a distinctively receded hairline, and glasses.

He could be in the company of a man and two women, all around 25 years old, who were also at the hospital and fled with Dorf. They are not thought to pose a risk.

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The Süddeutsche Zeitung said on Monday that Dorf, who is 46, was not being monitored when he simply left the hospital grounds.

Anyone who sees him should call the police on 09421 8680.

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Your comments about this article

12:17 May 7, 2012 by iseedaftpeople
I know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but when you look at the picture, there is definitely something potentially pervy about this guy. He does look like he could be capable of doing very bad things.

And that hospital needs to give its security a major overhaul, if they just let dangerous people walk out like that.
13:59 May 7, 2012 by charlenej
I am so glad the police released a full name and photo in this instance.
16:29 May 7, 2012 by domoresti

What is it exactly? The untrendy specs? Being a male in his late 40s? Not looking like George Clooney in a police mug shot?
16:52 May 7, 2012 by Lisa Rusbridge
@ domoresti, iseedaftpeople is correct. This guy definitely looks pervy. His terrible and out-of-date taste in eyewear and average looks isn't really it. It's more like he looks like an un-funny Barney Fife, with the squirell-like face and ham sandwich lips. He has a sort of creepy, intense look in his eyes that makes him look somewhat unstable.

Germany certainly sounds like a criminal's paradise. No one monitoring violent criminals and the punishments are a slap on the wrist! Hope they catch this guy soon so they can give him a stern talking to!
17:07 May 7, 2012 by paDutch
He has the Jeffrey Dahmer look
00:06 May 8, 2012 by iseedaftpeople

Believe me, I'm always the first refusing to judge people based on their looks. On the face of it, this guy looks like a very average nondescript middle aged white male in his mid to late 40s... like there are millions the world over who have never hurt anybody.

But still... if you put him in a lineup with a bunch of other perfectly good upstanding nondescript-looking citizens, I have a strong feeling I would suspect THIS guy of being the sex offender.
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