A FORMER university lecturer who fled to Ireland to avoid being jailed for downloading child abuse images has been extradited back to the UK.
Julian Myerscough, 56, a former criminal law lecturer at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich, was detained in Romania last month some three years after he fled his trial at Ipswich Crown Court.
He absconded towards the final stages of proceedings in September 2015 - shortly before he was convicted of 13 counts of possessing indecent images of a child and three counts of breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
Myerscough was sentenced in his absence to three-and-a-half years in prison.
He was finally arrested in Bucharest this summer on July 26 - 11 months after he was released from custody in Dublin by delaying extradition efforts long enough through a series of appeals over two years to force his release.
Julian Myerscough, who was arrested almost three years after fleeing a crown court trial, has been returned to UK and also charged with 11 additional offences. Read more here https://t.co/3QwPbH5dgS
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The Bolton native was extradited back to the UK from Romania on Monday (August 13), Suffolk Police said.
He appeared before magistrates in Ipswich earlier and was remanded in custody.
The convicted sex offender has now been charged with 11 additional offences related to alleged child abuse.
He faces four counts of assaulting a girl under the age of 13, four counts of indecently assaulting a girl under the age of 14 and one count of assaulting/ill-treating a child to cause unnecessary suffering.
The offences are alleged to have occurred between 2001 and 2010.
He was not asked to enter a plea to any of the charges and will next appear at Ipswich Crown Court on September 11.
Myerscough, formerly of Lowestoft, Suffolk, was sacked by UEA in 2010 after he was convicted of similar offences and jailed for 15 months.