Man Caught Decades After Kidnapping Teen: Cops

Fugitive James Gibson caught in Kentucky, accused of raping relative
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2011 3:00 AM CDT
This photo provided by the US Marshals Service shows James David Gibson, 63.   (US Marshals Service)

(Newser) – A man who allegedly impregnated and kidnapped a teen relative decades ago has been arrested after years on the run. The alleged victim says she was 13 when James David Gibson began sexually abusing her in Arizona in the late '70s. She says he kidnapped her and forced her to live with him Tennessee after learning she was pregnant, CNN reports. It's not clear when the two went their separate ways.

The woman waited decades to report the crime because she feared for her life and that of her daughter and wanted to wait until the daughter was an adult old enough to defend herself, a US Marshals spokesman says. Gibson, 63, refused to take a DNA test and fled Tennessee after the woman filed charges in 2009. Marshals eventually tracked him down in Kentucky and he is now in custody awaiting extradition. (Read more Kentucky stories.)

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