A man convicted of child rape hacked his GPS tracking device during his trial and escaped before he could be sentenced in Massachusetts, a prosecutor said.
He was still at large as of Wednesday, May 4, following his conviction in mid-April and attempts to locate him have been unsuccessful, according to the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office.
Now authorities are asking the public for help after he fled three days after his six-day trial.
Police are searching for Stephen Corbin Jr., 38, of Methuen, who was convicted April 14 of eight counts of aggravated child rape in connection with the sexual assaults of two teenage boys, ages 14 and 15, whom he met in 2017, on May 3. press release said. He cut off his bracelet in “the area of North Street in Andover.”
“It’s relatively rare that someone just disappears in the middle of a trial,” District Attorney Marian Ryan said during a May 3 news conference.
In 2017, Corbin was arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court and released on $25,000 cash bail, Ryan said. In addition, he was ordered to use the GPS device, stay away from the two girls, and remain under a curfew that allowed him to go to work.
“He complied with those conditions during that period of time,” Ryan said, adding that bail conditions are upheld prior to sentencing unless violated.
Approximately five years ago, Corbin is accused of sexually assaulting the two teens multiple times at a home and a motel, according to the news release. He would give them drugs and alcohol beforehand.
After he went missing, investigators located his truck near his home in Methuen, but he was nowhere to be found, Ryan said.
“Either he’s hiding somewhere or he’s left the jurisdiction entirely.”
Corbin is described as being 5 feet 11 inches and has blonde hair and blue eyes, according to the press release. He weighs approximately 150 pounds and is known to “have ties” to Methuen, Lawrence and Haverhill in Massachusetts and Hudson in New Hampshire.
“Members of the public with information on Corbin’s whereabouts should immediately call the Massachusetts State Police at 978-538-6180 and should not attempt to approach him,” the statement said.
Methuen is approximately 30 miles north of Boston.