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Convicted Child Sex Offender Who Escaped A Facility Spotted

A sex offender with dollar sign tattoos on his leg and a rat-tail hairstyle who escaped from a Melbourne mental health treatment facility has been reported to have been spotted in Kew.

Christopher Austin, 22, was on a five-year residential placement order at the Disability Forensic Assessment and Treatment Service, for sexual assault, when he absconded about 11.30pm on Tuesday.

Authorities said a man fitting Austin’s description was spotted riding a mountain bike along Yarra Trail in Willow Grove, wearing shorts and a jumper.

Police have released an image of Austin, who has an intellectual disability and have warned members of the public not to approach him.

"He's high risk, possibly violent, that's why I've asked the public, don't go near him, just notify police through triple-zero," Supt De Santo said.

Austin is described as being 166cm tall, with a medium build and short dark hair.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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