By Jhoo Dong-chan

A convicted rapist, identified only by his surname Park, 30, has disappeared without a trace after allegedly managing to disable his electronic monitoring anklet, according to police Wednesday.

The police immediately began a manhunt for him by tracking Park’s mobile phone signal, but his whereabouts are still unknown.

Park’s correction officers reported his disappearance to the police on April 13 after losing his anklet signal. The last signal was transmitted from a street in Wonji-dong, Seocho-gu, southern Seoul, at 3:00 am on April 13.

Park was sentenced to six years in prison on a charge of raping prostitutes in 2006. He was previously convicted nine times of various violations.

Park was released from prison in 2012 and ordered to wear an electronic monitoring anklet from last year

After being released, Park had lived in Gyeonggi Province before he disappeared.

Police said they will place him on a wanted list and start a nationwide manhunt.

This comes amid growing concerns over the effectiveness of electronic anklets as more sex offenders with the devices continue to disable them and escape detection.

A number of convicts left their probation area and committed other sex crimes in different cases.

In August, a convicted sex offender, 42, identified only as Shin, removed his anklet and raped a 22-year-old victim at a motel in Cheongju, North Chungcheong Province.

Shin was arrested four days later by the police.

SOURCE: The Korea Times