Man flees country to avoid persecution, faces repercussions 10 years later

In 1993, 57-year-old Nigerian citizen and Dallas resident Godwin Ojiaku fled the country when he was charged with indecency with a child. Now, over ten years later, he faces federal charge of interstate flight to avoid prosecution, The Dallas Morning News reported on June 1.

When Ojiaku left a Dallas County criminal court in 2013, his indecency charge had been dismissed due to the accuser’s unwillingness to relive the ten-year-old traumatic experience, and his bail-jumping charge had also been released due to its expiration under the statute of limitations. However, authorities persevered, eventually pinning Ojiaku in federal court under the Fugitive Felon Act with interstate flight to avoid prosecution – a charge which does not have a statute of limitations. He plead guilty to the charge and may serve up to five years in prison. Afterwards, he will likely be deported.

Ojiaku possesses a criminal history of sexual abuses: he was fired from two jobs for sexual harassment and incurred a charge for reckless injury to a child when he fondled a girl prior to the 2003 incident.

People charged with sex crimes cannot afford to take their legal representation lightly, for the offense carries with it extreme legal consequences and difficult emotional circumstances. Seek the legal help of our attorneys at Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas by dialing (214) 845-7007 if you face a charge of this nature.