AUSTIN EDITION -- Sex offender returned to prison

By Amy Olson

An Austin high-risk sex offender is back in prison after Department of Corrections officials say he violated the conditions of his release.

Conrad H. Kaus, 72, was returned to the state prison at Lino Lakes on Wednesday after he violated his conditions of release by drinking, according to records from the Department of Corrections.

Kaus was the county's second Level 3 sex offender released into the community when he returned to Austin in July.


According to Austin police reports, officers arrested Kaus about 5:30 p.m. Dec. 28 at his home for drinking, a violation of his parole conditions.

A parole officer notified police that Kaus failed a preliminary breath test. Kaus said he failed because he had taken cough syrup, but police said they found what they believed to be a clean urine sample in a bottle in Kaus' pants pocket in case he was asked to give a specimen for drug or alcohol testing.

The 72-year-old man was sentenced to eight years and two months in prison for assaulting a 13-year-old boy in Austin in 1996. He pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. He was released early for good behavior.

In 1964, Kaus was convicted of two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of his mother-in-law and father-in-law in Austin. He was sentenced to 27 years in prison.

Kaus will undergo a chemical dependency evaluation while he is incarcerated at Lino Lakes. According to department records, Kaus could be released May 7. He will be under the state corrections department's supervision until May 2011.

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