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Dix Fugitive Still Sought

Posted November 3, 1996 12:00 a.m. EST

— A convicted child molester was returned to Dorothea Dix Hospital Sunday after walking out of the state psychiatric hospital 48 hours earlier.

Rex Haislip, 32, was found at his mother's house in Durham.

Durham police have charged Haislip with stalking a 7-year-old Duke Park area girl and taking indecent liberties with two other young girls.

Haislip was convicted in 1986 in Nashville, Tenn., of attempting to kidnap a l6-year-old girl. He served six months of a six-year sentence.

In 1991, after moving to Durham, he was charged with four felonies involving indecent exposure, showing pornographic material to children and touching children inappropriately. He was found incompetent to stand trial and spent nearly two years at Dix.

On his release, Haislip pleaded guilty to two counts of taking indecent liberties and was sentenced to five years' probation. He was ordered to stay away from girls under 18 and to stay away from churches, which he had used to meet his victims. He violated both conditions of his probation and was imprisoned.

Haislip had been admitted to Dix Hospital on July 12 for a pretrial evaluation to determine his fitness to stand trial on the most recent charges in Durham County. In October, he was transferred to a less secure unit after he was found unfit to stand trial.

Hospital officials said Haislip will be confined in a more secure unit at the hospital.