Police seek sex offender who absconded from St Albans Crown Court
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A sex offender who absconded from St Albans Crown Court where he had appeared on charges of indecent assault against a toddler is being urgently sought by police.
Thirty-nine-year-old Ian McDonald, of Hemel Hempstead, who appeared in court today (Thursday), was found guilty of indecently assaulting a three-and-a-half-year-old child in Hemel Hempstead in December 2002.
However before the jury could deliver its verdict, McDonald absconded from court.
The judge sentenced McDonald, in his absence, to four years in prison and he must register as a sex offender for life.
A spokesman for Herts Police said that the service is appealing to members of the public for their help in locating the wanted man.
Anyone who knows of McDonald’s whereabouts or believes they have seen him should contact the police immediately via the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.