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UPDATE: Sex offender who cut off GPS bracelet back in custody

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By Shereen Siewert

WAUSAU — A registered sex offender is back in custody, six days after removing his GPS tracking bracelet, according to police.

Floyd Romatowski, 60, is a registered sex offender with a lifetime GPS bracelet requirement. Police say he removed the tracking device on June 23. He was captured on Friday, according to the Marathon County Sheriff’s Department.

Romatowski is currently on supervision stemming from a 1998 conviction for second degree sexual assault of a child. Romatowski has prior convictions for first degree sexual assault of a child, failure to register as a sex offender and operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent, according to court records. His last known address was in Schofield.

This is the second time Romatowski has cut off his GPS device. In late June 2010, Romatowski was living in a halfway house when he cut off his GPS monitor and vanished. Days later, relatives in Kronenwetter reported Romatowski had appeared at their farm, police said. The relatives urged Romatowski to turn himself in, but he refused and fled before police could arrive. He was captured days later after being found in the woods, where he had been hiding.

Romatowski could now face a range of new charges and could be sent back to prison. Official charges have not yet been filed and no further details about his recapture have been released.

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