After 23 Years Of Avoiding Capture, An Alleged Serial Sexual Abuser Turns Himself In

No one seems to know why Wayne Arthur Silsbee has turned himself in after evading police for decades.

By Eric Shorey

An alleged serial sexual abuser, who police believe violated several 8- to 10-year-children in the 1990s, has turned himself in after eluding authorities for more than two decades.

Wayne Arthur Silsbee, now 62 years old, walked into the Oregon City Police Department and turned himself in on May 10. He had been wanted by the FBI for 23 years after being accused of multiple incidents of sexual assault between September 1995 and April 1996. He now faces multiple charges, including first degree sodomy, first degree sexual abuse, endangering the welfare of a minor and first degree unlawful sexual penetration, according to KTLA.

The motivation for his surrender after so many years of avoiding capture remains unclear.

Silsbee is believed to have become acquainted with his victims as their babysitter and by taking them "to various events," according to the FBI.

Wayne Arthur Silsbee

Silsbee had previously been employed in several temp jobs and as a security guard, tax preparer, school bus driver, and warehouseman, according to his FBI "Wanted" poster. He was also believed to have been "an active member of the Adventist Church," according to the poster.

Detectives believe Silsbee had been living in Nebraska but had also lived in Springfield, Missouri, the San Francisco Bay area, Colorado, Arizona, and northwestern Washington state, KTLA reports.

Silsbee is being held on $50,000 bail at the Clackamas County jail as of May 12, according to ABC News. His next court appearance is scheduled for the afternoon of May 13. The status of Silsbee's legal representation remains unclear.

Police 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.

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