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Over 250 sex offenders have absconded or broken terms of release

Crime DeskBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
Over 250 sex offenders have absconded or broken terms of release

More than 250 rapists, paedophiles and other sex offenders have disappeared or broken the terms of their release in the past five years, according to figures compiled by the Central Statistics Office.

A report in today’s Irish Daily Mail claims that hundreds of sex convicts have failed to register their addresses or left the country without informing gardai.

Some have completely vanished and have not been tracked down, leading to concerns over their exact whereabouts.

According to figures compiled by the Central Statistics Office, 256 criminals have breached the Sex Offenders Act between 2010 and March 31st this year.

However, the figures don’t say how many are still at large or detail the nature of the breaches.

According to the Mail just one sex offender breached his conditions in 2004, this number increased exponentially with 24 recorded breaches in 2009, 50 in 2010 and 59 in 2011.

In 2012 there were a total of 49 breaches, 39 in 2013 and 42 in 2014.

So far this year 17 sex offenders have breached the terms of their release.

Sex offenders convicted since 2001 are placed on the Sex Offenders Register and are required to tell gardai where they are living and inform the authorities if they move or even go on holidays.

If they fail to do so they can be hit with a five-year jail term.