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Fugitive in Hillsboro sex slavery case arrested in Mexico after 25 years

Update: Paul Jackson was booked into the Washington County Jail early Friday morning (Oct. 2). Jackson will need to appear before a judge for the outstanding warrant. He will be arraigned at 3 p.m., Friday, Oct. 2.

An Oregon man who fled from prosecution for rape, kidnapping and sexual assault charges in Washington County 25 years ago has been apprehended in Mexico.

The fugitive, Paul Erven Jackson — whose case was featured in a July 2015 episode of CNN's “The Hunt” hosted by John Walsh — was taken into custody Monday, Sept. 28, by Mexican immigration authorities at a hotel in Guadalajara.

Jackson, who is now in his 40s or 50s, was a young man when officers from the Hillsboro Police Department and the Portland Police Bureau investigated him for his alleged participation in a sex-slavery incident in which a 16-year-old female was chained up, sexually abused and raped in a Hillsboro home.

According to a press release from Eric Wahlstrom, supervisory deputy with the U.S. Marshals Service — which helped with Monday's arrest — Jackson was indicted for rape and kidnapping following a Washington County grand jury proceeding in June 1990.

Also charged in the case was Jackson's half-brother, Vance Roberts. The female victim “escaped her two attackers and ran to the police station in Hillsboro,” said Wahlstrom. “Police also found evidence that a previous sexual assault of a similar nature had occurred in the house.”

Both men fled before trial, and Roberts turned himself in to Hillsboro Police in 2006. He is currently serving a 108-year prison sentence for kidnapping, rape and other charges, Wahlstrom said.

Jackson, who remained on the lam for another eight years, also faces new charges for failure to appear, connected to a warrant issued on Feb. 7, 1991.

The original HPD investigator was Sgt. Bruce Parks, who still works for the agency. Portland Police partnered with HPD in the investigations.

Lt. Henry Reimann, a spokesman for Hillsboro Police, said Jackson would be extradited back to Oregon to face trial.

“We're all very relieved and excited he was arrested,” Reimann said Tuesday morning. “Now we need to get him back to Oregon” — a process that “could take weeks or even months.”

Reimann declined to speculate about Jackson's whereabouts the past quarter century.

“We won't know until we sit down and interview him, and that's if he talks to us,” said Reimann, who added there may be more to the Jackson-Roberts saga.

“We know of other potential cases out there” related to the siblings, he said.

The U.S. Marshals Task Force “developed information that led to Jackson's arrest” in Mexico, Wahlstrom noted.

Jackson was taken into custody without incident but “denied his identity, claiming he was someone else,” said Wahlstrom.

“Jackson was using the alias Paul Bennett Hamilton and it appears he has been living in Mexico for several years,” Wahlstrom said. A date has not been scheduled for his return to Oregon following formal judicial proceedings in Mexico.

The U.S. Marshals Oregon Fugitive Task Force is comprised of investigators from the U.S. Marshals Service, the Washington County Sheriff's Office, the Portland Police Bureau, Oregon State Police, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Multnomah County Probation & Parole and the Oregon National Guard.