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A Utah fugitive who vanished before trial on child sexual abuse charges will be profiled on "America's Most Wanted," Fox Broadcasting officials have confirmed.

Donald Raymond Persson, a former psychologist in the Davis School District, is charged with raping and taking nude pictures of a 10-year-old California girl at his Bountiful home.Fox spokesman Jack Breslin said the program is scheduled to air on Jan. 15. "America's Most Wanted," which airs locally at 7 p.m. Fridays on KSTU Channel 13, features interviews and re-enactments of alleged crimes.

Viewers are given a telephone number to call if they have information for law enforcement officials on the whereabouts of the fugitives featured.

Last month, a correspondent and film crew taped the segment on Persson, 53, who disappeared in September just days before his trial on charges of first-degree felony rape of a child and second-degree charges of dealing in material harmful to a minor and sexual exploitation of a minor.

A Bountiful police detective received a letter from Hong Kong on Nov. 16, purportedly written by Persson.

Persson's attorney, Walter F. Bugden Jr., also said Persson communicated with him from Hong Kong and indicated he planned to head to Singapore.

Authorities said they were uncertain if the former psychologist is in Asia or if the communications were a ruse to throw law enforcement officials off his trail.