Fugitive surrenders for alleged Clackamas County sex crimes
After 25 years on the run, a 43-year-old South African native surrendered to the FBI to face rape and other sex charges in Clackamas County.
Barrett Preston Busschau was arrested when he landed Sept. 5 at Portland International Airport. Busschau allegedly molested five girls between the ages of 10 and 15 in July 1993.
At the time he was arrested, he faced a number of charges in both Clackamas and Washington counties: a total of four counts of rape, five counts of sodomy, four counts of sexual abuse, and two counts of unlawful sexual penetration (one with a foreign object).
In 1993 Busschau pleaded not guilty in Clackamas County to the sex crimes charges. But Busschau, who came to the United States as a child, fled before a trial could place.
In October 1994, the FBI obtained a federal fugitive warrant for the man who got legal permanent U.S. resident status in 1989.
FBI officials said his surrender was the result of a yearlong publicity effort that included news releases and social media posts in both the Pacific Northwest and South Africa.
In a statement, FBI Special Agent in Charge Renn Cannon said Busschau "managed to hide half a world away" and will "finally have to face these serious allegations and his accusers in court."
This is the second longtime fugitive recently brought into custody by the FBI and other agencies.
On Aug. 9, Joseph Mahmound Dibee was captured in Cuba as he tried to board a plane for Russia.
Dibee, 50, is a Seattle man suspected of being a domestic environmental terrorist. He fled the United States in December 2005, officials said.
Federal authorities learned he was traveling through Central America on his way to Russia with a stop in Cuba. The FBI worked with Cuban officials, who detained Dibee before he got on the plane.
KOIN 6 News contributed to this report.
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