Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for a Lehigh Acres man who didn't show up Wednesday for the second day of his trial in Collier County on charges of impregnating an 11-year-old girl.
Officials are searching for Jean Schamma Leandre, 36, who faces two charges of sexual battery that carry a potential life sentence. Out on $200,000 bond since February 2010, Leandre had never missed a court hearing, his lawyer James Zonas said, but he couldn't be found Wednesday.
"We don't really have any idea what's going through his head, but the last contact with him was his family during the late night," Zonas said.
Jury selection started Tuesday and was scheduled to stretch into Wednesday. A large pool of jurors had been called for the case, with each side allowed to strike 10 potential jurors, Zonas said.
Leandre was arrested in October 2009, accused of having sex more than 10 times during the course of several years with the girl, who said she was first raped at age 5 or 6, a criminal complaint said. The girl became pregnant at age 11 and subsequently had an abortion, the complaint said.
The girl also told deputies she'd been raped at age 11 by an East Naples man, Constantin Caporal, 63. The Daily News is withholding the girl's relation to Caporal and Leandre to protect her identity.
In a phone call overheard by investigators, Caporal admitted to twice having sex with the girl, an arrest report said. Caporal pleaded no contest to four sexual battery charges in February 2011 and is serving a 30-year prison sentence.
Zonas said he's optimistic Leandre will soon turn himself in or be found by law enforcement officials.
"The system works really well, and this stuff can happen," Zonas said. "I anticipate making contact with him in the next couple of days."