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