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Child sex offender caught on the run in Manly

Police arrested a registered sex offender in Manly on Tuesday after he had failed to meet his obligations as a person on the Child Protection Register.

Michael Pearce, 37, had been on the run for six days after failing to meet his obligations and police issued a warrant for his arrest.

Pearce is originally from Taree but had been living in the Campbelltown area after he was convicted for molesting a 15-year-old girl in a Wollongong shopping centre in April. He had only been released from prison on 23 October after serving six months of an 18-month sentence.

It is not known why he was in Manly.

Pearce appeared in Manly Local Court on Thursday, 3 November,  to face one count of fail to comply with reporting obligations under the Child Protection (Offenders Registration) Act.

Police alleged he breached his reporting obligations when he left his accommodation at Campbelltown on 29 October and failed to charge an electronic monitoring bracelet.

Police then issued a warrant for Pearce’s arrest and picked him up in Manly at around 6.45pm on Tuesday.

He was denied bail and will appear at Manly Local Court again on 9 November.

Pearce’e reporting obligations, including advising authorities of any change of address, were recently extended to October 2037.

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