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Fremont County authorities arrested a convicted sex offender whom Natrona County authorities say walked away from a Casper rehabilitative facility last week.

Lander police say they caught up with Cody M. Schlosser, 26, on two outstanding warrants on Thursday afternoon in a Lander trailer. Fremont County sheriff’s deputies assisted with the arrest, according to a statement provided by the Lander Police Department.

Schlosser was being held in Casper Re-Entry Center as part of a sentence for 2010 convictions of sexual assault and kidnapping, according to a Natrona County sheriff’s spokesman.

Authorities began looking for Schlosser on Jan. 3 when he failed to return from work.

The Casper Re-Entry Center is a privately-owned facility that provides rehabilitation and substance abuse treatment to inmates before they are released.

The center, which is owned by the Geo Group, operates under a contract with the Wyoming Department of Corrections.

The Wyoming Board of Patrol describes the Casper Re-Entry Center and other similar facilities as providing an “alternative to incarceration or traditional probation/parole supervision.”

Certain residents of the facility are required to hold off-site jobs and pay rent as part of their rehabilitation, according to the parole board.

At least a dozen people have escaped from the facility each of the past three years, although those escapes typically occur when inmates do not return from work.

On Friday, Georgia authorities arrested a different man who is suspected of climbing a wall and escaping from a higher-security portion of the facility.

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Crime and Courts Reporter

Shane Sanderson is a Star-Tribune reporter who primarily covers criminal justice. Sanderson is a proud University of Missouri graduate. Lately, he’s been reading Cormac McCarthy and cooking Italian food. He writes about his own life in his free time.

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