The Tonawanda News
Tonawanda News — Man on run
now a convicted sex offender
LOCKPORT — A man who fled his own trial has been convicted in absentia of molesting two young girls 15 years ago in North Tonawanda.
Paul Turley, 47, of Dunkirk, was in court for jury selection last week, but when prosecutors sought to revoke his bail, Turley fled during a lunch break. He has not been seen since, nor has his wife.
The trial continued without Turley present and the judge moved for his $50,000 bail to be surrendered to the court. On Monday, a jury found Turley guilty of molesting the girls in 1996 and 1998 after three hours of deliberations.
Turley’s attorney said, “We lost contact with him last Wednesday afternoon. It’s always a benefit to have your client with you to assist in your defense.”
Turley was convicted of sexual abuse and course of sexual conduct against a child. The victims in the case are now 21 years old.
When Turley is located, he will be held without bail.
“He can run from a lot of things, but he can’t run from what he did, he can’t run from the verdict, and he can never run from the person that he is,” said Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Donatello.
— Channel 4 News