Search Is On For An Accused Sexual Offender in Quitman

A Wood County man suspected of sexually assaulting a child remains at large, after missing a court hearing last week.

The fugitive has been gone since Friday afternoon.

31 year old Clifford Mayberry was in court Friday, but failed to appear for his hearing which had been postponed until early afternoon.

Attorneys say everything was set for Mayberry to plead guilty in court, to two counts of sexual assault of a child from a November 2001 case.

According to Wood County District Attorney Marcus Taylor, Mayberry hinted to relatives at the courthouse, that 'he just couldn't stand going back to prison.'

"I think it probably dawned on him he's just going away to the penitentiary. He's going to be gone for probably 10 calendar years, and he just decided he didn't want to do it," said Taylor.

Mayberry has served time in prison for property crimes in Arkansas. So now the Wood County Sheriff's Office is actively following leads to find Mayberry.

"We don't want to see Mr. Mayberry injured or hurt, but we also don't want to take a chance of someone in the public being placed in jeopardy because of him being on the run as he is," said Wood County Sheriff Bill Skinner.

Mayberry is believed to be armed with a handgun, which is reported missing from his parents home in Wood County. Since he fled, his bond has been raised to $500,000.

Clifford Mayberry is described as 5' 6" , about 185 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes. He is believed to be driving a 1995 red Nissan pickup truck with the Texas license plate number of 6TSG85. Anyone with information on Mayberry's whereabouts is urged to call the Wood County Sheriff's Department.