May 2007

Offender caught out by ‘Most Wanted’ Website

A convicted child sex offender who spent four years on the run has failed to avoid prosecution after being caught out by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre’s Most Wanted Website.

Alexander Dalgleish went missing from Preston, Lancashire in August 2002 after failing to register. The 34 year old changed his name several times and travelled continually throughout the UK and Ireland in an attempt to evade the authorities.

Dalgleish was jailed in the UK in 2001 for having sex with a 13-year-old girl and indecently assaulting another young girl.

He was sentenced to nine months and fled to Ireland after his release.

Despite extensive efforts, his luck ran out when Lancashire Constabulary posted his details on the Most Wanted website. Dalgleish was among the first five offenders who featured on the site when it went live last November.

Within a month, public sightings and intelligence gathered by the CEOP Centre and Lancashire Constabulary had led the police to Ireland. Once located, Dalgleish took advice to return to the UK where he was arrested by Lancashire officers in Scarborough.

Dalgleish was later charged with failing to comply with his notification requirements and theft. He was sentenced to 12 months in prison by Preston Crown court this morning.