Man facing multiple sex abuse charges pleads not guilty

Man facing multiple sex abuse charges pleads not guilty

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Stryder Styarfyr, who's name was Daniel Clement Chafe when authorities say he fled Douglas County in 1998, has pleaded not guilty to all of the sex abuse charges against him.

Styarfyr, now 55, is charged by authorities in Douglas County with 6 counts of third degree rape, 5 counts of third degree sex abuse and 7 counts of third degree sodomy.

He appeared in Douglas County Circuit Court on Tuesday for a hearing, and pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Officials say he was taken into custody by the FBI, Gallatin County Sheriff's Office and Montana Highway Patrol on an federal Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution warrant in Bozeman, Montana last month.

Authorities say the man fled the area after he was reported to have fallen out of a fishing boat just days before he was supposed to appear in court.

The 15-year search came to an end after officials say a detective with OSP recently found that Chafe was living in Montana using the name Styarfyr.

The FBI said he tried to recruit a clan of teenage girls over which he could rule.

His trial has been set for March 19-21.