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'Most wanted' suspect caught

A man who police describe as Medford's most wanted fugitive was arrested Thursday in San Diego six years after he fled a prison sentence for sexually abusing a teenager.

, 35, was arrested by San Diego police during a drug investigation and may face charges there before he is extradited to Oregon to begin serving prison time, Lt. Tim George said.

This is a great finish to a case that has gone on for a long time, George said.

On June 3, 1999, Sills was arrested for first-degree sex abuse and public indecency. The victims in this case were 13- and 14-year-old females not known to the suspect. Sills, who lived in Gold Hill at the time of his arrest, was charged with fondling a girl in two separate cases, exposeing himself to a Medford girl and furnishing indecent materials to a minor.

On June 9, 2000, Sills was found guilty and ordered to appear on Aug. 4, 2000, for sentencing. Sills failed to appear, his bail was forfeited and a felony warrant was issued for his arrest.

On July 30, 2001, the FBI also issued a felony warrant for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. He was soon featured on its Web site as a FBI's Crimes Against Children featured fugitive.

Sills' capture was doubly sweet for Det. Ben Miller, who made the original case against him in 1999. Miller is set to retire in a month, George said.

Another bad guy is off the streets and it's good closure for Ben, too, he added.

Gabriel David Sills