A bench warrant has been issued for the arrest of a St. George man who failed to appear Monday for a jury trial on a charge of aggravated sexual abuse of a child.
Fifth District Judge J. Philip Eves ordered the arrest of Robert Arthur Cecala, 33, who was charged with the first-degree felony in connection with 1989 incidents involving a 9-year-old St. George boy.Eves also ordered forfeiture of a $25,000 property bond previously posted for Cecala, and reset bail at $50,000 cash. Potential jury members were dismissed.
Police Detective Matt Jacobson said an attempt to locate Cecala also was put out by law enforcement agencies. However, he said the court had issued a gag order preventing him from saying anything else about the case.
Cecala's disappearance came after a year and half of legal maneuvering by prosecution and defense counsel.