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Beaverton Sex Abuse Suspect Arrested in Panama

The suspect is charged with first-degree Sodomy and first-degree Sex Abuse.

68-year old Philip Leland Riley
68-year old Philip Leland Riley

(BEAVERTON, Ore.) - Beaverton Police were called to investigate a sex abuse allegation on November 15, 2008, at the YMCA, 4925 SW Griffith Drive, Beaverton. It was reported to have happened at 5:23 p.m. that day, according to Detective Pam Yazzolino with Beaverton PD.

"A young juvenile male had reported to his mother that he'd been sexually assaulted by an older white male while in the facility's shower."

She says detectives responded, and the resulting investigation led to the arrest of 68-year old Philip Leland Riley.

Riley was lodged at the Washington County Jail, where he posted bail and subsequently fled the state to avoid prosecution, Yazzolino said.

"Numerous attempts were made to locate Riley, however, these attempts proved unsuccessful. It was later believed Riley had left the United States. Beaverton detectives sought the help of the FBI and the United States Attorney's Office where a Federal fugitive warrant was issued and a fugitive investigation began."

On October 10, 2009, America's Most Wanted aired a show outlining the case and requested the public's assistance. Numerous tips were received after the broadcast regarding this investigation.

Yazzolino says multiple agencies worked together on the fugitive investigation and this collaborative effort led them to the country of Panama.

Panamanian authorities said they received a tip about an individual who carried a World Government or World Citizen Identification card, described as a 'Fantasy Document' by Panamanian authorities, under the name of Danny Williams who was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. Panamanian officials made inquiries with the Embassy (ICE Panama) to see if this individual was a United States Citizen.

Records checks revealed that the subject was in fact Philip Leland Riley, who had an Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution (UFAP) warrant issued by the FBI, and was wanted by Oregon State authorities for the sexual assault charges out of Beaverton, Oregon.

"Panamanian authorities initiated an expulsion order for Riley as an undesirable individual who had no registered legal entry into Panama. The Government of Panama coordinated the return of Philip Leland Riley," Yazzolino said. On February 3, 2010, both US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the FBI escorted Riley back to the United States, where he was apprehended at the Houston International Airport at approximately 4:00 p.m. PST. He will immediately face a Federal Judge on the fugitive warrant, followed by extradition back to Oregon.

Yazzolino says the Beaverton Police Department would like to thank the FBI, ICE, the United Ststes Marshal's Service, Oregon Fugitive Task Force, Oregon Department of Justice, the United States Attorney's Office, Oregon State Police and the public for their assistance in this investigation and for helping bring the fugitive Riley back to the Unites States to face justice on the charges of Sodomy I and Sex Abuse I.

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Jack June 21, 2010 1:57 pm (Pacific time)

I was in the jury pool on this case...this guy is getting sodomized by the state of Oregon. A total scam.

Natalie February 4, 2010 4:26 pm (Pacific time)

How exactly young was 'a young juvenile male' that he wasn't able to defend himself? Looks like a couple really nice jabs would be enough to cause losing his balance.

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