2:30pm Monday 19th November 2012
A Sussex child sex offender is back in prison after going on the run for 15 years.
Warwick Spinks was convicted in 1995 of offences committed in Hastings.
The 48-year-old was arrested at Heathrow after being flown from Prague in the Czech Republic on Thursday, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) said.
Spinks was convicted in 1995 at Lewes Crown Court of numerous sexual offences against boys. He was jailed for seven years, which was reduced to five years on appeal in 1996.
His offences included serious sexual assault at knifepoint, taking indecent images of children and taking a child without lawful authority.
He was released on licence on condition that he was not allowed to leave the UK without permission. He breached the conditions in 1997 and was recalled to prison, but went missing.
The CEOP’s Peter Davies said: “I hope this arrest sends a clear message to other missing child sexual offenders that however far you travel to avoid facing the consequences of your actions we will track you down and bring you to justice.”
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