A BATHURST man facing charges of sexually assaulting a teenage boy has been included on a list of Australia’s most wanted criminals.
Paul Steadman, 50, was one of 10 people named as part of the NSW Police and Crime Stoppers Australia Operation Roam: Rogue Radar 2018, aimed at tracking down wanted people across the country.
The former Bathurst karate instructor was charged in 2015 with sexually assaulting child under the age of 16.
Steadman failed to appear at Bathurst Local Court and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
His car was later found in bushland and police believe it is possible he is dead.
He is described as being of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander appearance, 175cm tall, of medium build, with black hair and brown eyes.
Utilising social media, police are seeking the assistance of the wider community to provide information on the alleged offenders, who may have left their own state or territory and now reside interstate.
Operation Roam was established in 2011 and promotes the exchange of information, regarding wanted people between police jurisdictions across Australia.
Four of the top-10 criminals are wanted in NSW.
Crime Stoppers NSW CEO Peter Price said the joint program helps raise the profiles of people wanted throughout Australia.
“During this operation, the community becomes our eyes and ears, making it very difficult for those on the wanted list to go about their everyday lives,” Mr Price said.
“Our success is measured by arrests made and last year, 12 of the 19 people on the list were arrested.”
Anyone with information on Steadman or his whereabouts should not approach him but can call Triple-0.
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