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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:
December 8, 2004

District of Northern Ohio
Deputy Marshal Jeffery Irwin, (330) 351-0656 or
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs, (202) 307-9065

 
Fugitive Attorney Flees Child Sexual Molestation Charges and is Added to U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted list


John Dallas LockhartToday U.S. Marshals joined a national search for an Ohio lawyer who fled the state just ahead of charges he raped an infant child. Local authorities asked the Marshals for assistance, and this morning the agency added John Dallas Lockhart’s name to their 15 MOST WANTED list.

Lockhart, 36, is wanted on federal and local charges including three counts of rape of a victim under 13, three counts of gross sexual imposition, three counts of pandering obscenity of a minor and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. The victim in all of the incidents was an infant. Lockhart fled Akron, Ohio, just days before charges were filed against him on August 13.

According to Akron Police, about 100 pornographic photos were retrieved from Lockhart’s home/business computer when a software maintenance company was making a routine service call. The computer company immediately contacted Akron police. Investigators believe that Lockhart may have assaulted the infant victim, produced photos of the sex acts, and then stored the images on his computer. During the investigation, authorities learned he allegedly communicated with others who shared an interest in deviant sexual practices.

Lockhart fled to New York when he found out the police had his computer. His whereabouts since then are unknown. If he is convicted of the pending charges, Lockhart faces a maximum punishment of multiple life sentences in prison.

Lockhart is well-educated, lived briefly in England, and has traveled throughout Europe. He is described as a white male, 6’ tall, 185 pounds, with green eyes and brown hair.

“This case is particularly disturbing due to the nature of the offenses,” said Cathy Jones, Assistant Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal in the Northern District of Ohio. “Lockhart should be considered a threat to the health and welfare of young children,” she said, “and anyone with information about his whereabouts should understand he must be apprehended. We need your help.”

Lockhart’s name was added to the internationally famed “15 MOST WANTED” list after the detective bureau of the Akron Police Department sought help from the Marshals’ Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF).

Marshals are offering a cash reward for information leading to Lockhart’s arrest, and all information is kept confidential. If you have any information about John D. Lockhart, please call the U.S. Marshals’ national office at 1-800-336-0102 or the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4-WANTED.

U.S. Marshals are the nation’s primary fugitive hunting organization and capture more federal fugitives each year than all other national law enforcement agencies combined. Four of the individuals on their 15 MOST WANTED list have been apprehended in recent months.

For more information about the United States Marshals Service, please visit the web site at www.usmarshals.gov.