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Sexual predator recaptured by Montreal police

07/04/2013 08:26 EDT | Updated 09/03/2013 05:12 EDT
Montreal police have recaptured a dangerous sexual predator who escaped from the Philippe-Pinel Institute while on a supervised group outing on Tuesday.

Roger Lee Desmarais, 30, was arrested this afternoon at Émilie-Gamelin Place in downtown Montreal.

Police said they were notified by a citizen who spotted the man and recognized him.

Desmarais has been detained at the Pinel Institute since 2011. He escaped custody on a bicycle Tuesday afternoon.

Of 11,424 supervised outings over the past year, there were 21 escapes.

Desmarais was considered to be at high risk of reoffending, because of a long history of sexual assaults.

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