Rapist Leaves Own Trial, One The Loose
April 30, 2010
John Jerome Speights, a 45-year-old child rapist, has been convicted of aggravated sexual battery after the 2008 attack of a 12-year-old girl that led to her becoming pregnant.
He has been on $80,000 bail since that time, keeping up with all the terms of his bail, which included attending all court appearances.
But when he was asked to stand outside the courtroom to await the end of another court appearance where he was being convicted of the crime he had been arrested for, Speights walked out.
He has not been seen since, though the conviction was announced.
A warrant has been issued for his arrest, and police are searching for any information that may lead to his arrest.
If you have seen Speights, or if you have any information, contact Tampa, Florida police.