A Parkville, Mo., man who was convicted last month of molesting a girl in 2000 in Lawrence did not show up for his sentencing Thursday in Douglas County District Court.
Former Lawrence resident Joseph Schwartz, 35, pleaded no contest and was found guilty March 9 of two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child. He faced more than 12 years in prison. After the plea hearing, Schwartz was ordered to report to custody March 23, but he didn't. Then he missed his sentencing hearing Thursday.
So Douglas County District Judge Michael Malone issued a second bench warrant for Schwartz's arrest and revoked the $50,000 bond that had allowed Schwartz to be free after his arrest in 2006. A judge also issued a bench warrant in March when he failed to report to jail.
Amy McGowan, assistant Douglas County district attorney, said one of the conditions of Schwartz's plea agreement was that he surrender to authorities on time. She said prosecutors will file a motion to nullify the deal if and when he is arrested.
Schwartz had a 2000 sex crime conviction in Illinois.