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      Attorney for fugitive convicted of child rape says he wanted to give his side of the story

      Dotson, courtesy J Reuben Long Detention Center

      Brent Egan Dotson, 57, was convicted of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor Under 11 in an Horry County courtroom on December 12, even though he failed to show up for his own trial.

      Dotson was also found guilty of Lewd Act on a Minor.

      Dotson was dating the victim's grandmother, when the victim said he molested her between 2009 and 2010.

      He was arrested in May of 2011.

      The Horry County Solicitors Office tried to bring the case against Dotson to trial in September, but Dotson had a medical excuse, so it was rescheduled for December.

      At a court roll call in November, Dotson failed to appear and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

      Dotson's trial was scheduled for December 12, and the judge went ahead with the trial even though Dotson failed to show.

      Dotson's attorney, Stuart Axelrod, said he was constant contact with Dotson until September when he was hospitalized.

      Dotson was anxious to give his testimony to prove his innocence, said Axelrod.

      Because Dotson wasn't there to be sentenced in person, the sentence is sealed. That means he can't yet be entered into the state's sex offender registry.

      Axelrod believes that Dotson should be given a new trial if he is found because he did not get a chance to share his testimony.

      "They chose to try this case without him there, and I always wondered that to myself why did they do that. Did they not want the jury to hear his side of the story?" said Axelrod.

      If you have any information on the whereabouts of Dotson, please call the Horry County Sheriff's Office at (843) 915-5450.