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The composer, 62, is on the run after he was sentenced to 23 years in prison for a series of sex attacks

The internationally renowned composer, 62, who is on the run, is sentenced to 23 years’ imprisonment in his absence for a series of sex attacks on a young girl

  • Agustín Fernández was jailed for 13 sex crimes on Monday for 23 years
  • The 62-year-old Bolivian even incited a 13-year-old girl to have sex with him
  • His reputation, which has been performed around the world since his music, has been left in ruins after being commissioned to sign the sex offenders register for life
  • Police suspect Fernández is not in the UK and are trying to track him down

Renowned composer Agustín Fernández is on the run after being sentenced for 23 years for 13 rape and sexual assault crimes, including sex with a 13-year-old girl.

The 62-year-old Bolivian, who has worked in Britain since 1984, was convicted of a catalog of heinous crimes by a jury at the Newcastle Crown Court.

Fernández was found guilty of 13 crimes, including five of rape and six of sexual assault. He sickly encouraged a young girl to have sex with him.

He was instructed to sign the sex offenders register on Monday for life by a judge and was sentenced to 23 years’ imprisonment with a one-year extended license.

Fernández’s compositions have been performed all over the world, including the Lincoln Center in New York and the Latin American Music Festival in Caracas.

He has also collaborated with the London International Opera Festival, Royal Opera House’s Garden Venture and the Royal Northern Sinfonia.

Agustín Fernández's reputation is in ruins after he was convicted of 13 sex crimes, including five for rape and six for sexual assault. He incited a 13-year-old girl to have sex with him

Agustín Fernández’s reputation is in ruins after he was convicted of 13 sex crimes, including five for rape and six for sexual assault. He incited a 13-year-old girl to have sex with him

In an online post, Fernández – whose music was a lecturer and later a professor at Newcastle University – wrote: ‘If we weren’t well-educated people who respect each other and if blame flies over the air, I wonder what kind of blame the institution would find my way.

“There are a number of ways I could have imagined that my time at Newcastle University would come to an end, but not as it happened.

“That accident may have been struck and there is a limit to the extent to which an institution can sustain a situation of accident.

“If that was a reprehensible act on my part, then I paid for it by falling on my sword.”

Northumbria police believe he is currently out of the country. A spokesman added, “Investigations are underway to locate him.”

Fernández's compositions have been performed all over the world, including the Lincoln Center in New York and the Latin American Music Festival in Caracas

Fernández's compositions have been performed all over the world, including the Lincoln Center in New York and the Latin American Music Festival in Caracas

Fernández’s compositions have been performed all over the world, including the Lincoln Center in New York and the Latin American Music Festival in Caracas

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