Seward man arrested in Canada on child abuse charges

Posted: Friday, May 12, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Seward man was arrested Thursday in Canada for alleged child sexual abuse that occurred in the Wasilla area last summer, Alaska State Troopers said.

Robert Lee Busby, 54, was taken into custody in a Toronto suburb on an Alaska warrant issued last month.

Busby, a former guard at Spring Creek Correctional Center, is charged with two counts of sexual abuse of a minor.

Trooper Sgt. Dennis Ponder said Busby allegedly abused a 6-year-old Wasilla-area girl. Ponder said Busby and the girl are related.

He was taken to the Toronto Provincial Jail, where he is being held on $25,000 bail.

Troopers said Busby will face a Canadian immigration hearing. If he is deported, he will be transported to the U.S. border and handed over to federal agents.

Ponder said the alleged sexual abuse occurred last summer and came to light at the end of February. He said Busby quit his job in Seward and fled the state shortly after an investigation started.

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