Using the way back machine, I found that Dewater was removed on October 5, 2021. That was over 2 years after the federal UFAP warrant was dropped. Just curious, does the FBI still investigate fugitive cases after the UFAP warrant gets dismissed?
According to this archived newspaper article, DeWater was charged with sexually abusing 10 girls at the school where he was employed. I also feel that he's likely since fled the United States, probably to Europe or Latin America, but as mentioned Canada is a possible location as well.
Thing is, if he had actually owned up to his actions all those years ago and faced justice, he would have certainly only gotten probation or a very light prison sentence. The archived newspaper told of another aide who was convicted of doing the exact same thing that Dewater did, and he only got 44 months ( 2 2/3 years). I don’t feel like the potential punishment for his crimes was proper justification for him to drop off the face of the earth, leaving his victims more traumatized and his loved ones never seeing him again. At the end of the day, he’s a selfish narcissistic coward who will only take accountability for his actions when he meets God.
I’ve become quite obsessed with this case over the last few months, so allow me to infodump:
This case got way less media attention than it deserved. I’ve scoured the internet and I cannot find one news article that directly talks about this case. The best source I could find was the 1992 Bend Gazette snippet. The FBI made very little effort to push him out to the public. He has a very small footprint, and way less people ever knew about him. This is disappointing, considering this was an international manhunt. This brings me to my next point. The FBI was lazy in their efforts to locate him. The FBI only had English and Spanish posters of him, with only one grainy photo of him that clearly needed to be updated with an age-progression due to the passage of time. Dewater was on the run for 30 years, and the FBI never made a reward, a video, or a news release about him. Plus the wanted poster was very vague and left out information, such as: Dewater was charged with two more counts of sexual abuse in May 1992 that dated back to the 1989-1990 school year Dewater appeared to have fled in September 1992 instead of November 1992 on his poster The federal warrant should not have been dropped. Time does not diminish what Dewater did. I don’t see why they needed to drop the federal warrant. If they didn’t, he probably would still be on the website today. Without the federal warrant in my opinion, he will never be captured. There still is a state arrest warrant, but I think no one is looking for him due to the age of the case. It would be much harder to extradite him from a foreign country without a federal warrant.
In conclusion, these deficiencies have made it easier for Dewater to elude justice. He will probably never see handcuffs as long as he is alive.