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Oregon man suspected of child sex abuse turned himself in after 23 years
by Oregon Herald staff
  Saturday May 11, 2019 - 7:08 PM
 
PORTLAND, Oregon - Wayne Arthur Silsbee eluded authorities for 23 years.

He was wanted by the FBI for "multiple incidents of sexual assault" between September 1995 and April 1996 involving girls between 8 and 10 years old. The FBI said Silsbee knew each of the victims through babysitting for them or taking them to events.

Friday, the now-62-year-old man walked into the Oregon City Police Department and turned himself in, the FBI said. It is not clear why, after 23 years, Silsbee decided to stop running.

Charges against Silsbee include sodomy, sexual abuse, unlawful penetration and endangering the welfare of a child, online jail records show. The assaults allegedly occurred between September 1995 and April 1996 in Clackamas County, according to the FBI.

The FBI said it obtained a federal arrest warrant charging him with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution that was issued on September 1996.

Silsbee's first court appearance is scheduled for Monday. Authorities are asking for anyone who has had any contact with Silsbee over the past 23 years to call the Oregon City tip line: 503-496-1616.

Investigators believe that the defendant most recently lived in Nebraska and has ties to Oregon, Missouri, California, Colorado, Arizona and northwestern Washington state.

Photo: Wayne Arthur Silsbee

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