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Oregon fugitive awaiting extradition on charges that include sodomy, kidnapping

March 08, 2002|By DARREN SIMON

Staff Writer

A Redmond, Ore., man arrested in Mexicali on Tuesday after authorities there learned he was wanted by the FBI remained in the Imperial County jail this morning awaiting extradition to Oregon.

Samuel Bartow Jr., 58, is wanted in Oregon on charges of sodomy, unlawful sexual penetration and four counts of sexual abuse against a minor, kidnapping, coercion and possession of a controlled substance.

In addition, there are 102 counts against Bartow for encouraging child sexual abuse in the first degree and 102 counts for encouraging child sexual abuse in the second degree — both related to possession with the intent to distribute child pornography. He was charged by the Deschutes County District Attorney's Office.

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Bartow's case was shown twice on the television program "America's Most Wanted."

Deschutes County DA's officials said this morning they have started the extradition process. They added that could be time-consuming unless Bartow waives extradition, which would allow Oregon officials to pick him up immediately.

This morning Bartow was in county jail with his bail set at $3 million. A county jail staffer said Bartow is in protective custody.

Bartow was arrested Tuesday in Mexicali by Baja California police, who stopped Bartow because he looked suspicious. When they did a computer check they found he was wanted by the FBI.

Mexican authorities turned over Bartow to the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, which then transferred Bartow to the FBI.

Bob Sellers, resident agent in charge of the FBI office in Imperial County, said Bartow was charged by the Deschutes County DA's Office in June 2000. Bartow was released after posting bail and fled. In February 2001 he was charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

Sellers said the local FBI office received information that Bartow was in this area. However, Sellers said authorities were unable to locate him until he was found in Mexicali.

>> Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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