Israeli police capture Ashland pedophile

JERUSALEM — Israeli police say they have arrested a convicted Ashland pedophile who has been hiding in Israel for eight years.

Police say they seized Samuel Arthur Silverman in the coastal city of Netanya. They say Silverman is wanted by the FBI for sexually abusing two boys in Oregon in 1997.

Silverman pleaded guilty to sex abuse charges in Ashland in 1997. But the former social worker fled the state before going to prison, and later made his way to Israel.

Israeli police say they caught Silverman after Interpol told them his wife was flying to Israel to visit him. Police followed the woman to his home and arrested him.

Silverman was a counselor who specialized in treating sexually abused children when he was arrested in December 1996 for molesting two boys who were not clients.

When he pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree sexual abuse in August 1997, Measure 11 sentencing laws required Silverman to serve a minimum of six years, three months in prison.

Silverman fled his home after voters rejected a November measure to repeal Measure 11, the state's mandatory sentencing law.

According to Haaretz, an Israeli newspaper, police made the arrest after following Silverman's wife, who took a taxi from the airport directly to his home in Netanya.

Detectives arrested Silverman when he came out of his apartment to help with her suitcases.

Police declined to say when he was arrested, but said he would be extradited to the United States.

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