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Fugitive child sex abuser turns himself in after 23 years on the run: FBI

A man wanted for sexually abusing young girls in the 1990s has reportedly surrendered in Oregon after more than two decades on the run.

As reported by the Oregonian, Wayne Arthur Silsbee was wanted by the FBI for multiple sexual assaults in Clackamas County, Oregon, between September 1995 and April 1996. The agency announced Saturday that the 62-year-old abruptly walked into the Oregon City Police Department Friday and turned himself in.

Silsbee was accused of victimizing girls between the ages of 8 and 10 years old. The FBI said Silsbee knew each of his victims as he either babysat them or had taken them to miscellaneous events. A “Most Wanted” poster noted that he had also worked as a school bus driver.

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In July 1996, Clackamas County issued a warrant for Silsbee’s arrest on charges of sodomy, first-degree sexual abuse, endangering the welfare of a minor, and first-degree unlawful sexual penetration. Months later, in September 1996, a federal warrant charged him with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

The Oregonian reports that detectives believe Silsbee most recently lived in Nebraska. However, he reportedly had ties to Missouri, California, Colorado, Arizona, and Washington state.

ABC News reports that Silsbee remains jailed on $50,000 bond pending a Monday afternoon court hearing.

It’s currently unclear what prompted Silsbee to turn himself in last week. Authorities have asked anyone who’s had contact with him within the last 23 years to call the Oregon City tip line at 503-496-1616.

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[Featured image: Wayne Silsbee/FBI, Clackamas County Sherriff’s Office]