Fleeing Victorian rapist last seen in registered sex offender Christopher Empey has been spotted on the NSW south coast.
A violent rapist is on the run from Victorian police because he’s “not keen” on the strict supervision conditions that come with being a registered sex offender.
Christopher Empey’s court-ordered GPS tracking bracelet was found smashed to pieces along the Hume Highway in late November, around the time he skipped a court appearance to finalise a supervision order.
The 46-year-old then sold his yellow Suzuki motorbike to a buyer in Nowra, on the NSW south coast, in December when he was also captured on CCTV.
Empey, who was convicted of a violent rape in 2002 and released from prison on parole in 2015, appeared unshaven in the footage and walked with a limp that he is understood to be claiming is an injury from a motorbike accident.
He’s not known to have contacts in the Nowra area, hasn’t been in contact with family and is believed to be actively moving around to avoid being served by police with documents that will add him to the sex offender register for 15 years.
That would impose strict supervision conditions, including reporting his address and making mobile devices and computers available to police for monitoring, replacing earlier parole conditions.
“We are aware Mr Empey wasn’t keen on those obligations and believe that’s the reason he’s failed to attend court and now he’s actively avoiding police and his apprehension,” Assistant Commissioner Neil Paterson said on Thursday.
While he said it’s unusual for sex offenders to go on the run, Empey is one of two who police are asking for public assistance to track down.
High-risk sex offender Maurice Collie, 26, is avoiding the law for a sixth time, having failed to give police his address after his prison release on December 17.
Collie has a history of sex, drug and dishonesty offences, including a conviction for the sexual penetration of a 15-year-old in 2016 and the sexual assault of an 11-year-old in 2017.
“We know that when registered sex offenders are non-compliant with their reporting obligations that their risk increases in terms of committing further offences in the community,” he said.
Collie, who also goes by the first name Reece, surname Nelson and nickname Shadow, may be in Frankston but is also known to frequent Bendigo, Mildura, Geelong, Gippsland and the Melbourne CBD.
He has distinctive tattoos including a scorpion on his left leg, a heart and dagger on his right arm and an eagle on his back and was last seen at the Salvation Army in Bourke Street on December 22.
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