High-risk offenders spotted near Chch
Police are investigating sightings of two high-risk offenders who fled from a Christchurch address in breach of their parole conditions.
Ivan Andrew Campbell, 46, left the Salisbury Foundation on Wednesday morning and is believed to be in the company of Jaydon Galland, 18, who has also absconded from the property.
Campbell has convictions for sexual offences and is on parole after an 11-year prison term.
Both men are deemed to be high-risk offenders and should not be approached.
Detective Senior Sergeant Tony Hill said two sightings of the men were reported to police overnight.
"We are actively following up these sightings, which were in different locations in and around the Greater Christchurch area," he said.
"We know the men have connections in the city as well as in Ashburton and the West Coast. We are keeping all options open as to their possible location or movements at this stage."
Campbell was jailed in 2001 after chaining a teenage boy up in a wardrobe, tattooing and sexually abusing him.
During his trial in the High Court in Auckland in 2001, Campbell was described by Detective Sergeant Adam Lough, officer in charge of the case, as a "calculating, manipulative sexual deviant who preys on teenage boys".
The Hells Angel associate held the 14-year-old boy captive in a wardrobe with shackles and chains, plied him with alcohol, performed a series of indecencies on him, poured hot wax on his body and branded his lower back, causing second-degree burns.
The boy escaped after being able to phone his family when Campbell left the house.
Campbell was found guilty of sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy over a two-and-a-half-month period in 1991.
Shortly after he abused his first victim, Campbell moved to Australia and went on a fire-lighting spree, which included the destruction of the central business centre of Beaudesert, west of the Gold Coast.
In 2009, the Corrections Department made a late bid to keep Campbell behind bars overs fears he would reoffend on release.
Campbell is described as European, 1.77 metres tall and of medium to thin build.
He has tattoos on his face, neck and arms.
Galland is described as European, 1.77m tall and of medium build.
Any sightings of the men should be reported urgently by phoning 111 or the Christchurch police on 363 7400.