Court appearance for fugitive barrister wanted over attack

Police are appealing for information on Desmond Rosario
Police are appealing for information on Desmond Rosario

A Sheffield barrister charged with a serious sexual assault was arrested this week after going on the run for six months.

Desmond Rosario, aged 46, regularly worked at Sheffield Crown Court before he vanished after he was charged with a sex attack on a teenage girl in the city.

Detectives received eight calls from members of the public after the disappearance was featured on the TV show Crimewatch.

He was accused of assaulting a girl in October 2013 and was due to appear at Leicester Magistrates’ Court in June but failed to turn up.

Rosario was arrested in the Birmingham area on Monday at about 11pm.

He appeared before magistrates in Leicester the next day and was remanded in custody until his next hearing on December 23.

Before the show, detectives revealed they believed Rosario could have been using a series of aliases, including David D’Cruz or Desmond D’Cruz.

They also thought the Sheffield University law graduate may have been travelling through Europe or Canada looking for work in the legal profession.

The barrister also helped out with teaching at the university on a casual basis but was not an official member of staff.