A sex offender who escaped from a Victorian corrections facility says he would rather be in jail than live with pedophiles.
The man took the unusual step on Wednesday of asking a judge to lift a suppression order on his name so people would know he was not a pedophile.
But the judge, who jailed the man for five-and-a-half months for escaping and breaching an order, refused to lift the suppression order.
She said it was in the community's interests and would help the man's rehabilitation if the order remained in place.
The man, whose sex offence was committed against an adult, had been made to live in the facility as a condition of a court order.
He and another man climbed a 1.8m wall to escape the facility earlier this year and cut off electronic monitoring devices with a pair of scissors.
They were later recaptured about 20km from the facility.
Sentencing him on Wednesday, Victorian County Court Judge Jane Campton said the man had indicated when the order was first made that he did not want to live at the facility.
She said he "felt jail preferential" to the facility.
The man knew he would be arrested when he escaped and would go to jail, the judge said.
During his sentencing on Wednesday, the man told the court "my home is jail" and said he would rather be in prison than housed in the facility with pedophiles.
Later as the judge was finalising a suppression order, the man spoke again.
"Your Honour I don't mind about my name," he said.
"I'd rather my name be in the paper."
He said that way people in jail would know he was not a pedophile.
"I almost got my head caved," the man said.
"A rumour almost got me killed."
Judge Campton said the case was a good example of why a separate corrections facility was needed for people who had not offended against children.