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Long-lost sex offender to be sentenced

A convicted child sex offender who evaded justice for 18 years has faced a Sydney court at last.

Christian Jones, 39, was charged in 1998 with having sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl, but he failed to front court to answer the allegation and was convicted within the year, according to court documents.

In 2015 Kings Cross detectives were able to track Jones to Victoria, where he was again granted bail to appear at Sydney's Central Local Court - and again, he was a no-show in court.

The man, whose address is listed in court documents as an inner city youth crisis centre, was found by police in Wagga Wagga, in the NSW Riverina, on August 4.

He remained silent as he faced Central Local Court on Friday via video-link from Junee and did not apply for bail.

Magistrate Les Mabbutt, leafing through the man's file, remarked: "The papers are a bit of an archaeological dig."

Jones will return to court for sentencing next Wednesday.

The longest jail term a local court can impose in NSW is two years.

© AAP 2016

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