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February 24, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Child rapist with Washington ties subject of nationwide manhunt

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Eric E. Hartwell (Colorado Department of Corrections)

DENVER — The U.S. Marshals Service says it’s offering a substantial reward for help finding a convicted child rapist with a history of fleeing and refusing to register with authorities.

State and federal agents were searching for Eric E. Hartwell in the Denver area Monday, three days after he walked away from a halfway house in the city and cut his ankle monitor bracelet.

The 51-year-old was serving a three-year sentence for refusing to register in Colorado. He also served time for failing to register in Washington state and cut off his ankle bracelet a week after being paroled there in 2009.

He was captured in Carrollton, Texas, and sentenced to five years in federal prison in 2010 for failing to register, but he was arrested in Colorado’s Clear Creek County the following year.

According to court documents, Hartwell was convicted of raping a 6-year-old girl in 1991 in Snohomish County.

He was given a 6½ -year prison sentence that was suspended on condition he complete a sex-offender treatment program.

Five years later, Hartwell was sentenced to more than four years in prison for attempting to rape a pregnant 17-year-old he picked up hitchhiking, according to court records.

After his release in 2000, he racked up a series of parole violations and convictions for failing to register as a sex offender.

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