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Sex offender captured in Ararat
Update 9.30AM: Police have just arrested Sean Carmody-Coyle after a manhunt that lasted more than 24 hours.
The escapee was found at a bus stop in Ararat just after 9am this morning and is currently being interviewed at the Ararat police station.
Uniformed officers, detectives and the canine unit were all involved in the hunt.
A Victoria Police spokesperson confirmed the 28-year-old had been arrested and said charges were expected to be laid later in the day.
EARLIER: A registered sex offender with a “significant history of violence” remains on the run after breaking out of an Ararat corrections facility for the second time yesterday morning.
Sean Carmody-Coyle, is believed to have tampered with a GPS anklet he was wearing and escaped on a mountain bike just after 1am.
Armed with up to five kitchen knives, police have warned the public not to approach the escapee, who is
described as extremely large in stature, standing at more than 200cm tall.
Police in Ballarat received a number of reported sightings of Carmody-Coyle yesterday, including areas of Wendouree, Mt Clear and Magpie.
However, there was no trace of the 28-year-old.
Carmody-Coyle, who has a criminal history of violent sexual offending, is in his second year of a five-year order at Corella Place, which houses child sex offenders and rapists who have finished their sentences but are considered unacceptable risks to the community.
He first attempted to escape the facility last year, when he was four months into his order, but was found in Buangor and arrested on the Western Highway, about 23 kilometres from Ararat, the next day.
Victoria Police Detective Inspector Ian Campbell said police had found the bike that was believed to have been used in the escape, although he would not say where it was located.
Detective Campbell said police did not get the call to aid in the search for the escapee until about 2.30am – almost 90 minutes after the breach was triggered.
“Carmody-Coyle has a significant history of violence and serious sexual assaults involving women,” he said.
“We are warning the public he is not to be approached, he is extremely large in stature.
“Both anklets have been switched off, we don’t know what has occurred, corrections are initiating their own investigation. Until he is located we are unable to say exactly what has occurred.”
It is believed the offender has family or friends in Melbourne.
A government spokesman yesterday defended the security of the corrections facility, which is located near the Ararat prison.
James Talia, spokesman for Corrections Minister Edward O’Donohue, said the facility was as secure as legislation allowed, given its residents had actually finished their sentence.
Mr Talia said Carmody-Coyle was sentenced to three months’ prison after his attempted escape last year, but that time had since been served.
“It’s as secure as it can be, it’s not a prison, they aren’t actually serving a sentence,” he said.
“If it wasn’t for a facility like this, they would be free in the community.”
Carmody-Coyle is described as being of Caucasian appearance, around 204cm tall with an athletic build.
He was last seen wearing a black top and black tracksuit pants.
Investigators have released an image of him and are urging anyone who sights him to contact police immediately.
Anyone with any information about his whereabouts should call triple-0 immediately.
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Sex predator Sean Andrew Carmody-Coyle on the run following escape from Corella Place facility
One of the Victoria’s worst sex predators has gone on the run from a corrections facility in Ararat in the state’s west ... again.
Sean Andrew Carmody-Coyle escaped from the Corella Place facility at 1am this morning on a mountain bike, and may be armed with knives.
The Herald Sun can exclusively reveal Carmody-Coyle was wearing a new GPS bracelet, which can track offenders outside the facility,
but he had managed to cut it off before fleeing.
This tampering of the electronic device triggered an alarm at 1am.
Corrections Victoria and Victoria Police are so far refusing to say exactly when police were alerted.
“The Department of Justice has launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident,”
Department of Justice spokesman, Michael Newhouse, said.
When police did attend the scene, they searched the local area but he could not be found.
The mountain bike was discovered earlier today, police confirmed this afternoon.
Carmody-Coyle escaped from the same facility in June last year.
He was found after a day on the loose, with fellow escapee David Gregory Byrnes, on the Western Highway about 23km from Ararat.
He was charged with breaching his serious sex offender supervision order for that escape - which carries a maximum penalty of five
years in prison - but was jailed for just three months.
Now the 28-year-old is on the run again.
He is described as caucasian, around 204cm tall with an athletic build.
Carmody-Coyle was last seen wearing a black top and black tracksuit pants.
“(He) may also be armed with knives and members of the public are urged not
to approach him,” Victoria Police spokeswoman Natalie Webster said.
“Investigators have released an image of him and are urging anyone who sights
him to contact police immediately.”
Corella Place has 35 residents including child sex offenders and rapists. The
sex predators have completed their prison sentences but are considered unacceptable risks to community.
The facility is next door to Ararat prison, the Hopkins Correctional Centre.
It is just two kilometres from Ararat town centre.
Residents have a curfew but are taken on escorted day trips.
Carmody-Coyle has a criminal history of violent sexual offending and was housed at Corella Place in February last year on a five year order.
This is believed to be at least the sixth breach of an order involving Corella Place since the facility was opened eight years ago.
Police are expected to charge Carmody-Coyle with breaching the serious sex offender supervision order again when caught.
In May last year Corrections Minister Edward O’Donohue said Corella Place residents would be the first to use GPS bracelets
that can track the offenders outside the facility grounds.
The old bracelets only triggered an alarm when an offender left the facility but could not track them outside that specific zone.
An investigation has alreday launched an investigation into how Carmody-Coyle was able to cut the bracelet off.
Anyone with any information about Carmody-Coyle’s whereabouts should call Triple Zero immediately.
The escape comes the same day as the Herald Sun reported that molesters housed in a secretive treatment
centre in Fairfield in Melbourne’s inner-north will be electronically tagged whenever they set foot outside the facility.
Geelong sex fiend recaptured after escape
Sean Andrew Carmody-Coyle, 27 and David Gregory Byrnes, 26
David Gregory Byrnes, 26, and
Sean Andrew Carmody-Coyle, 27, escaped the Corella Place
facility about 11.30pm last night and have been on the run since.
Polie arrested the pair on the Western Highway at Buangor at 12.40pm today.
The men are serious sex offenders who were wearing electronic monitoring bracelets, which
are only effective within the facility.
It is understood an alarm sounded when the men made their jump to freedom.
Byrnes was 19 when he pleaded guilty in 2004 to sexually assaulting a five-year-old boy in
the toilet of a Geelong shopping centre.
The boy had gone to the men’s toilet at the Belmont Plaza Shopping Centre when Byrnes struck.
As the child left a cubicle, Byrnes forces him back inside and locked the door, before assaulting him.
Byrnes ran after two men entered the toilet and heard the boy crying.
He was sentenced in the County Court to a minimum two years imprisonment.
Byrnes had admitted 16 prior convictions, including for an indecent act against a child
and crimes of violence.
The sentence was later increased, on appeal, to six years with a minimum of four.
Corella Place houses high-risk offenders whose sentences have expired but they are deemed
to be a danger to the community.
Corella Place is next to the Ararat Prison but separate from the jail itself.
It is located 5km east of the Ararat township.
Geelong Advertiser (20-6-2013)
Sex predators stage late-night escape
Two of the state’s worst sex fiends - including one who sexually assaulted a five-year-old boy
in a toilet block - have been caught after escaping from a corrections facility in Ararat.
Police were hunting for the two men, who escaped from residential facility Corella Place about 11.30pm
on Wednesday, until they were found at Buangor.
The pair were arrested on the Western Highway about 23 kilometres from Ararat, at 12.40pm.
The men are serious sex offenders on supervision orders. They were wearing electronic monitoring
ankle bracelets which sent an alert to staff when they fled the facility.
The men who escaped are David Gregory Byrnes and Sean Andrew Carmody-Coyle.
Byrnes, 26, sexually assaulted a five-year-old boy at a shopping centre in 2004.
The boy was assaulted at Kmart in Belmont. As the child left a toilet cubicle, Byrnes pushed him
back inside and locked the door before sexually assaulting him.
Byrnes, who was 18 at the time of the offence, had a mild intellectual disability and had
been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder for which he was supposed to be medicated.
He told a court that voices in his head made him attack the boy.
Less information is known about the offending of Carmody-Coyle, 27.
A Corrections Victoria spokesman confirmed the men had "breached their court-ordered curfews
and left the facility unaccompanied late last night".
There are 35 residents at Corella Place, including child sex offenders and rapists. They have
finished their sentences but are considered unacceptable risks to community.
Corella Place is a residential facility that is next door to the Ararat prison, the Hopkins Correctional Centre.
It is about 2 kilometres from the town centre.
Residents are housed in one, two and three-bedroom houses and have a strict curfew,
but are taken on escorted trips to nearby towns and to Melbourne.
Acting Commander Neil Paterson of the Intelligence and Covert Support Department
said Ararat police had searched for the men early on Thursday morning, before the fugitive taskforce was called.
He said both men had criminal histories of violent sexual offending.
There is no information that suggests the men, who had access to mobile phones and cash, were assisted in their escape.
The men had previously lived in various places throughout regional and metropolitan Victoria.
Corrections Victoria commissioner Jan Shuard said there had been five breaches of orders involving Corella Place
since the facility was established seven years ago.
Byrnes had been responsible for one previous breach. He has served 12 months of an eight-year order that started in May 2012.
Carmody-Coyle is four months into a five-year order that stared in February this year.
A police spokeswoman said the pair will be charged with breaching the serious sex offender supervision
orders which carries a maximum penalty of five years’ jail.
Byrnes was given a two-month penalty for his previous breach.
The men had been living in separate residences.
Corrections Minister Edward O’Donohue announced in May that the residents would be the
first to use GPS bracelets that could trace dangerous parolees or those on sex-offender supervision orders.
The existing bracelets use radio frequency technology that only flags when an offender is in a specific
area and does not track them outside that zone.
The GPS bracelets that track the exact locations of people are scheduled to be introduced next month.
The Age 9 (20-6-2013)
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