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Fugitive sex offender abuses girl, 13

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Fugitive sex offender abuses girl, 13
Reinhard Rühs has been on the run since failing to return to open prison on Friday. Photo: Staatsanwaltschaft Osnabrück
11:20 CEST+02:00
A sex offender and violent criminal who was let out on day release disappeared last Friday and allegedly sexually abused a 13-year old girl. Police have asked the public for help finding the fugitive in central Germany.

Prisoner Reinhard Rühs, 51, is suspected of sexually abusing the 13-year-old girl whilst out on day parole from Lingen prison, prosecutors from Osnabrück in Lower Saxony said in a statement. 

Police have found no trace of the fugitive since he failed to return to the prison on Friday May 30th. Police say they have leads but there has been no concrete trace of the man. “He has been spotted throughout Germany,” a police spokesman said on Thursday.

Rühs, who is serving time for manslaughter, rape and grievous bodily harm, was granted time out of prison as part of therapy treatment. 

According to the Bild newspaper, Rühs has been let out 382 times on day release in the last two years and had been staying in a guesthouse near the prison from May 28th.

The Osnabrück prosecutor believes the 51-year-old could still be in Lingen. “He has no money, no ID, no bike and has spent the last 12 years in prison,” he said.

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