A Brockwell teen-ager was returned to a sex offenders' treatment center Aug. 27 after he escaped with another juvenile from Piney Ridge Center in Fayetteville two days earlier.
Dale Falk, 16, of Brockwell and Willie James, 16, from El Dorado were committed to the state Division of Youth Services in October of 2002 on one count of rape each, said Julie Munsell, from the Arkansas Department of Human Services who oversees the Youth Services Division.
The two fled the center after setting off a fire alarm the morning of Aug. 25, Munsell said.
Once the alarm sounded the doors of the center were opened and the two fled on foot, she said.
Munsell said the center is a staff-secured facility 24 hours a day but is not a lockdown facility. "In the eyes of the law they are still children," Munsell said.
Authorities were not able to locate the two immediately but both were later apprehended in Pensacola, Fla., after authorities received a tip the pair had fled to the area.
Munsell said an investigation is being conducted to gather details of how the juveniles traveled to Florida.
She said she did not know whether the two had stayed with family members or friends in Florida.
A representative from Youth Services Division escorted the escapees back to the center.
The center offers counseling, behavior modification, diagnosis of behavioral problems and other methods of treatment, she said.
In addition to the rape charge Falk was charged with two counts of theft of property and James was charged with probation revocation.
Munsell said it will be up to the prosecuting attorney to file additional charges against the two.