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Suspect in Oregon sex abuse case found in Panama

ICE assisted in identification leading to suspect's return to the United States

BEAVERTON, Ore. - An Oregon man who fled to Panama to avoid facing charges of sexually abusing a young boy has been returned to the United States with assistance from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Philip Leland Riley, 68, of Beaverton, Ore., was arrested in November 2008 following an investigation into a sex abuse allegation at a local YMCA. A police report filed by the Beaverton Police Department states that a young boy reported to his mother that he'd been sexually assaulted while in the facility's shower.

Riley was being held at the Washington County Jail in Hillsboro, Ore., when he posted bail and fled to avoid prosecution. Numerous attempts by local law enforcement to locate him failed.

Investigators concluded that Riley had left the United States. Beaverton police detectives sought the help of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon to have a federal fugitive warrant was issued for Riley.

In an effort to publicize the case, America's Most Wanted television show aired a segment in October 2009, which outlined the sequence of events leading up to Riley's disappearance. Several tips were received that led detectives to continue their investigation in Panama.

Authorities in Panama were aware of an individual living there who went by the name Danny Williams. In an attempt to confirm this individual's identity, Panamanian officials reached out to the local ICE attaché.

ICE records check revealed that the individual was not Danny Williams, but was in fact Riley. Acting on this information, the Panamanian government initiated an expulsion order that stated Riley was an undesirable individual who had no registered legal entry into Panama.

Today, ICE and FBI agents escorted Riley on a flight from Panama to George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. Riley immediately faced a federal judge on the fugitive warrant prior to being flown to Oregon where he will face the state sex abuse and sodomy charges.