ROBERTSDALE, Ala. (WALA) - It has been 28 days since a convicted Robertsdale sex offender skipped town the day he was supposed to learn his sentence on child pornography charges.
Authorities said John David Smith has been on the run since March 22.
Thursday, April 18, Baldwin County District Attorney Hallie Dixon talked to us about the case for the first time. She said the U.S. Marshals have tracked Smith all over the country, and they are close to moving in.
We asked how he could slip through the cracks in the first place, and how someone with a rap sheet like his can ever go home.
"He actually made bond," Dixon said. "He made bond back in 2006. Unfortunately, unless somebody breaks the conditions of their bond, we are not allowed to revoke their bond. Even if we believe and even if we have every reason to suspect, we are not able to revoke a bond until a person breaks those conditions."
Dixon said those terms apply to all people on out on bond, including registered sex offenders. Smith cut off his ankle monitor the morning of his sentencing and has eluded justice since.
"Could we have changed anything about it? No," Dixon said. "I can honestly say that he was not going to show up for trial, or he was not going to show up for sentencing. For us, at least we had a head's up when he fled."
Dixon said if she has her way, Smith will die in prison.
"The bare minimum on my position is it's life without the possibility of parole," Dixon said. "Any shot that they had of convincing me otherwise is gone the day he cut that monitor and fled."
Smith is 6'3" and 150 pounds. He could be driving a red 2003 Nissan Sentra.
If you spot him or know anything about his whereabouts, please contact authorities.
Baldwin County District Attorney's Office
Baldwin County Sheriff's Office
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