Oregon fugitive arrested in Montana pleads not guilty to 18 charges


BOZEMAN, Mont. - An Oregon fugitive arrested near Bozeman after reportedly being on the run for 15 years told a judge he didn't commit the sex crimes he's accused of.

55-year old Daniel Chafe, who's been charged under the alias name Stryder Styarfyr, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to 18 counts of rape, sexual abuse and sodomy in Douglas County Circuit Court in Roseburg, Oregon.

A county grand jury indictment states Chafe raped, sodomized and forced sexual contact with one girl under the age of 16 at least 15 times throughout the course of 10 months between 1994 and 1995.

It goes on to claim Chafe also raped, sodomized and forced sexual contact with another girl three times between May and June of 1995.

Chafe allegedly faked his own death in 1998 after being indicted on the 18 counts, then stayed on the run for 15 years.

During that time, detectives worked to keep the case alive, and Chafe's case appeared on "America's Most Wanted" three different times.

Chafe was arrested in January, after detectives found he'd been living in Clarkston north of Three Forks under the name Zac Taylor.

Area residents said Chafe was an active member of the community, and owned a business called No Bull Computing.

His trial is set for March 19th in Oregon.

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