Convicted child rapist flees halfway house after ankle monitor cut

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(CNN) — A convicted child rapist apparently cut off his ankle monitor and left a Colorado group home where he was serving parole, a state official said.

A fugitive warrant was requested minutes after Eric Eugene Hartwell, 51, walked away from “Independence House” in Denver Friday evening, Colorado Corrections Department spokesman Roger Hudson told CNN Sunday.

Hartwell was convicted of raping a child in 1991 and attempted indecent liberties in 1996, according to the Colorado sex offender registry.

“This is an active investigation of an absconder that we are hoping not to send even farther underground,” Hudson said.

The corrections department’s fugitive apprehension unit is working with other law enforcement agencies to find Hartwell “as quickly as possible,” he said.

Hartwell was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to serve a lifetime of supervised parole by a federal judge in Texas in March 2010 after he was found guilty of failing to register as a sex offender, according to a U.S. Justice Department news release.

Hartwell was placed in a halfway house in Washington state in March 2009 for failure to register as a sex offender, but after just a week there he cut off his leg monitor and fled to Texas, according to the Justice Department.

CNN’s AnneClaire Stapleton contributed to this report.


  • Captain Poopypants

    instead of ankle bracelets why not put the monitors on their private parts instead so if they try to cut it off they also cut off the source of their problems.

  • josh

    time to get the guns and hunt him down ! pull the trigger ! and plant a weapon on him . he shouldnt have been in a half way house anyway . behind bars for life i say.

  • Grace

    It’s ok for nice neighborhoods not to worry because he may be broke,but hey he blends into the background and no one would suspect him except if one of the kids in the rich hood goes missing as he fits right in!many abusers are sent to live in housing with roommates in nice hoods, blending in,last I read pedophiles have a secretive circle of self supporters so when he escapes cross country I’m sure he’s made mor contacts and by the looks of him,he’s not in a black or Mexican neighborhood or he’d be caught by now!

  • Becky

    It is disgusting child rapists are let out on parole after 5 years when people with marijuana possession are sitting in prison for much longer.

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