Child sex offender arrested
A high-risk convicted child sex offender who has been on the run for two months has been arrested by police.
Brian Conroy, 43, was arrested in Stokes Valley, Lower Hutt after he appeared on the Police Ten-7 TV programme yesterday, leading to several tips from members of the public.
Conroy had allegedly breached his extended supervision order that subjected him to parole-type conditions for up to 10 years after his release from prison.
It was the third time he had allegedly breached his conditions. Four arrest warrants were issued for him since he went missing on April 27.
Conroy appeared at Lower Hutt District Court and was remanded in custody to appear again next week.
Police Ten-7 shows had led to the arrest of 22 people so far this year, showing the programme was popular among New Zealanders, Police Commissioner Peter Marshall said.
Last night's episode drew over 538,000 viewers, 30 per cent of the total viewing audience.
"We have always said that the public are the eyes and ears of police and without them, we wouldn't have been able to place these 22 people before the courts and hold them accountable," Marshall said.
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