Sheffield criminal barrister wanted by police over alleged sex assault on teenager

Wanted: Desmond Rosario
Wanted: Desmond Rosario
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A Sheffield criminal barrister wanted in connection with a serious sexual assault on a teenage girl has gone on the run from police.

Desmond Rosario, aged 46, will feature on BBC One’s Crimewatch programme tonight during an appeal for information about the sex attack.

The lawyer used to represent defendants at Sheffield Crown Court and prosecute cases for the Crown Prosecution Service.

He is wanted in connection with the incident which is alleged to have taken place in Sheffield in October 2013.

Rosario had been due to appear for a hearing at Leicester Magistrates Court in June 2014 but failed to turn up.

A warrant was issued for his arrest but despite extensive enquiries, police have been unable to locate him.

Detectives said there was information to suggest Rosario could be using aliases, including the names David D’Cruz or Desmond David Luc D’Cruz.

South Yorkshire Police say that he could be looking for work as a legal professional abroad.

Officers also have reason to believe he may be travelling through Europe or Canada.

Rosario was a former University of Sheffield law student and helped out with teaching at the university on a casual basis. He was not a member of staff.

He was called to the bar in 1990 and was a member of the city’s now defunct Paradise Chambers.

Rosario was married with young children but is understood to be separated from his wife.

He will be featured on tonight’s Crimewatch show in the Wanted Faces section of the programme - which highlights suspects being urgently sought by police.

South Yorkshire Police are appealing for anyone with information about Rosario’s whereabouts to contact them on 101.

For those calling from outside South Yorkshire the number is 0114 219 6905.

Callers are asked to please quote crime reference number K/104128/2013.