Victoria sex offender fugitive arrested

By Melissa Meehan

A violent sex offender who cut off his ankle tracking bracelet and fled from a rehabilitation centre in regional Victoria has been arrested.

Theo Briggs was found in Beaufort 45 kilometres away from his Corella Place village-style complex in Ararat after he cut off his tracking bracelet and fled on Monday.

Corella Place is a supervised residential facility for serious sex offenders who have completed jail sentences, but are subject to court-ordered treatment and supervision.

Briggs is the seventh person since 2010 to escape from Corella Place while serving a supervision order.

The 24-year-old was arrested on the Western Highway after a tip-off from a member of the public.

Briggs is expected to be charged with breaching conditions of a supervision order and other offences.

He has been remanded in custody and will face the Ballarat Magistrates Court on Tuesday where he is expected to be further remanded to appear before a County Court judge.

The maximum penalty for breaching a supervision order is up to five years in jail.