Rapist on run after cutting off GPS tracker
POLICE are still hunting for a Victorian sex offender, four days after officers found his GPS tracker dumped more than 10kms away from where he was supposed to be.
Christopher Empey, 46, was reported missing on Friday after he failed to comply with his monitoring conditions.
Police have ramped up patrols around the Mansfield area, at the foot of the Victorian Alps, after Empey's GPS tracker was found more than 45 minutes away in the Baddaginnie area.
The 46-year-old fled his home on Friday with cash and his passport after removing his tracking bracelet on Thursday.
Police said Empey took $10,000 from his safe before ditching his car and buying an off-road motorbike.
It is believed Empey may be riding a yellow 2005 Suzuki DR650 motorcycle registration GD531.
Police have since released an image of Empey and the motorcycle in the hope someone recognises him and can provide information about his whereabouts.
Assistant Commissioner Neil Paterson said police believe Empey is heading into bushland to "actively avoid apprehension" and could be somewhere near the regional town of Mansfield. "We know that Mr Empey has significant bush survival skills," the assistant commissioner said.
Empey spent 12 years in prison for the violent rape of a woman in Melbourne and must wear the GPS device as part of his conditional release into the community.
The Tasmanian business manager was 31 when he was convicted and jailed for the rape of a woman he danced and drank with at a company awards night in Melbourne.
The 30-year-old woman suffered multiple head and facial injuries, including skull fractures, a torn ear and severe vaginal and anal injuries.
The judge sentencing Empey in 2003 described the rapist as a "monster".
Empey was released on parole in 2015 and in July this year was put on the Sex Offenders Register, requiring him to wear a GPS tracking device.
He was due in court on Friday over an interim supervision order but did not show and subsequent investigations found he fled his Maindample property, near Mansfield, a day before.
Anyone who sights Empey is urged not to approach him but to contact triple-0 immediately.
- With Wires