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Sex Abuse Fugitive Back in Oklahoma

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

An Oklahoma sex abuse suspect apprehended in Mexico is now back in Oklahoma to face charges.

Billy Wayne Durfey, 43, was charged in Garvin County in August 2012 with three counts of first degree rape, one count of lewd molestation, four countsof forcible sodomy, and two counts of second degree rape. A year later, the charges were amended to 12 counts of child sexual abuse involving the rape,rape by instrumentation, and forcible sodomy of a child under 18, having responsibility for the health, safety, and welfare of that child. Court documentsallege the sexual abuse occurred over the course of a year, spanning August 2011 through August 2012.

Durfey reportedly admitted to investigators that he molested the child, but told them he "thought we had put this behind us."

The suspect's trial was eventually set for January 2015, but Durfey failed to appear for a court date in December 2014. Authorities say Durfey, who wasreleased on bond and ordered to wear a GPS ankle monitor, cut the monitor and fled.

In February 2015, he was charged with felony bail jumping.

Then, last December, law enforcement looking for the fugitive got a tip that their suspect might be in Mexico. U.S. Marshals worked with Mexican authoritiesto apprehend the man in Monterey, Mexico. From there, he was transported to Laredo, Texas, where he awaited extradition to Oklahoma.

Now, Durfey is back in custody in Garvin County after flying in an Oklahoma Highway Patrol airplane from Laredo to Pauls Valley.

Each act of child sexual abuse is punishable by a maximum sentence of life in prison, according to the Oklahoma criminal statutes in 21 O.S. � 843.5.If the child involved is under the age of 12, the act is punishable by a minimum of 25 years in prison. Anyone convicted of child sexual abuse in Oklahomais required to register as a sex offender for life.

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