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Dix Fugitive Still Sought

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RALEIGH — A convicted child molester was returned to Dorothea Dix Hospital Sunday after walking out of the statepsychiatric 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 Parkarea girl and taking indecent liberties with two other young girls.

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

In 1991, after moving to Durham, he was charged with four feloniesinvolving indecent exposure, showing pornographic material to children andtouching children inappropriately. He was found incompetent to standtrial and spent nearly two years at Dix.

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

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

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

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