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Sex Offender Caught

Posted on 31st October 2011 at 08:31

Oregon State Police say that a routine check of fishing licenses on the Columbia River near Rainier led to the arrest of a man wanted on sexual abuse charges in Marion County. Late last week, Keizer Police went to Vancouver to arrest Thomas Leroy Webb, 49, on charges of first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy and first-degree sexual abuse, claiming that he’d been abusing a juvenile female. Detectives developed information that Webb had left the area aboard a 27-foot sailboat, possibly heading downriver. St. Helens Police did some checking, and confirmed that Webb had been in the area. Friday afternoon, as Fish and Wildlife Troopers were checking sturgeon anglers, they spotted Webb’s boat near Goble. They stopped the boat and boarded, where Webb was taken into custody on the felony warrant. Evidence on the boat indicated that Webb was planning to leave for an extended period of time. The boat was driven back to St. Helens, while Webb was booked into the Columbia County Jail, awaiting transfer to the Marion County Jail in Salem.