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The rapist of the two girls from Braşov was not monitored by the police, although he had been in the Register of Sexual Offenders for two years

Convicted of rape, Constantin Zapan had to be checked by the police at least once every 3 months, according to the law. But the Brasov Police didn’t even know that he lived in that county. And the policemen from Prahova, for a year, did not notice that Zapan had disappeared from their sight.

In May 2012, Constantin Zapan was sentenced to 10 years in prison, for raping a 12-year-old girl. The compensatory appeal law reduced 522 days from his sentence, and the man was released from Tulcea Penitentiary in November 2020.

The rapist of the two girls from Braşov was not monitored by the police, although he had been in the Register of Sexual Offenders for two years
Constantin Zapan

What obligations did the Police have, by law

Upon release from prison, Zapan’s data was entered into the Sex Offenders Registry.

According to the law, he had the obligation to present himself “periodically, but no later than once every 3 months”, to the police station within the radius of which he lived. Zapan had to report to the police where he lives, what he does for a living, and which children he comes into contact with.

In turn, the police had the obligation, at least once every 3 months, to check on Constantin Zapan at “the domicile, residence or building where he actually lived”, in order to obtain information about his behavior.

How the Prahova Police checked it

In documents and in reality, Constantin Zapan resided in Prahova, in the village of Valea Nicovani in the commune of Valea Călugărească. His home address is public on the Internet, in an announcement with payment summons published by ANAF in September.

Zapan lived at the animal farm where he found work after he got out of prison, and his periodic checks should have been handled by the police station in Valea Călugărească.

It was a kind of “remote monitoring”, a source from the Ministry of the Interior stated for Libertatea. “I mean, the police knew about Zapan and where he was walking, but they didn’t talk to him. He didn’t go to the police station either, they didn’t call him either. The methodology was not respected”, says the source.

On Monday, Libertatea asked the management of IJP Prahova to specify whether Zapan was monitored, as stipulated by the Law on the Registry of Sexual Offenders. On Tuesday, the spokesperson of the inspectorate told us that “verifications are being made”.

On Friday, IJP Prahova informed us that “the requested information is exempted from the public nature, in the sense that it cannot be transmitted”, because it is, according to Law 544/2001, personal data, which endangers the outcome of the investigation and may affect the provision of a fair trial.

Leaving without notice, criminally punishable

If they had monitored him, as the law provides, the policemen from Valea Călugărească would have noticed that Zapan no longer lived at the declared address. Since last August, according to the villagers who knew him.

According to the law, Zapan should have notified the police whenever he left Valea Nicovani for more than 15 days. He was obliged to report where he was going and for what purpose, how he was getting there and for what period.

Failure to comply with this obligation is, according to the law, a crime punishable by imprisonment from 3 months to 2 years or a fine. But in order for Zapan to be investigated, the police should have notified themselves ex officio.

He was wanted for driving without a license

But not the Police from Prahova, but the one from Buzău reported Zapan’s case, and this after, between June 23 and August 14 last year, the traffic police caught the man driving without a license. Not once, but five times!

IPJ Buzău dealt with this case, and summonses and arrest warrants were issued in Zapan’s name, but he was no longer found at his home address, in Valea Nicovani.

His former neighbors there confirm that “about three months ago, the gendarmes came and looked for him, but he had been gone for a long time.”

In March this year, the Public Prosecutor’s Office attached to the Buzău Court charged Zapan with driving a vehicle without a license, a crime punishable by law with one to 5 years in prison.

The Brasov police did not know that Zapan was in their county

The police in Valea Călugărească did not update Zapan’s data from the Registry of Sexual Offenders, and where he moved, no one suspected that they had to keep an eye on him.

The man arrived at the Buzăului Customs in Braşov county. There he worked as a day laborer, paving the streets of the commune, and lived in a container on the island.

The rapist of the two girls from Braşov was not monitored by the police, although he had been in the Register of Sexual Offenders for two years
The container in Buzăului Customs where Zapan lived

As a person registered in the Register of Sexual Offenders, Zapan had the obligation to report to the police in the locality where he had established his residence within no more than 3 days, in order to be registered.

He did not do that, and the police in Buzăului Customs had no idea that he was in the locality, because “there were no complaints from the citizens, on his behalf”, says the head of the station, deputy chief police officer Ştefan Seceleanu.

“It was not the job of the Buzău Customs to monitor Zapan, because it was not known with certainty that he lived there, there was only some information that he could be in Brasov county,” says the source from the Ministry of the Interior .

Officially, the registry was a deterrent to recidivism

Constantin Zapan was completely out of sight of the police. Last Friday, he kidnapped two girls, aged 10 and 12, whom he raped.

He went with the victims to the forest near the village of Valea Nicovani, a place he knew and where he had not felt any danger from the police.

He was caught after the villagers, whom he had robbed before leaving, found him in the forest and chased him with the cart until they pushed him into the police filter.

Like Zapan, 7 out of 10 ex-convicts of sexual crimes reoffend, according to the statement of reasons for the draft law which, in 2019, led to the establishment of the Register of Sexual Offenders.

The register was established to prevent this relapse, through the monitoring, supervision and operative identification of sexual aggressors.

In Romania, the register cannot be accessed by the public, as it is in Poland

Law 118/2019 stipulates that all Romanian citizens, as well as foreigners in Romania who have been convicted of rape, sexual assault, sexual intercourse with a minor, sexual corruption of minors, are registered in the Register of Sexual Offenders, with a photo, fingerprints and DNA , recruitment of minors for sexual purposes, sexual harassment, abuse of position for sexual purposes, child pornography, outrage against good morals, incest, human trafficking and trafficking of minors, pimping, exploitation of begging, use of a minor for the purpose of begging, using the services of an exploited person and using child prostitution.

In September of this year, there were 63,090 people in the Register, according to the data provided by the IGPR, at the request of

3,530 of those registered in the register had active convictions for rape.

Unlike the one in Romania, the Register of Sexual Offenders in Poland has two sections: one is intended for the public – anyone can access it, and the other is for institutions and employers and contains detailed information about the convicts, including their home addresses.

In Romania, the register cannot be accessed by the public.

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