For nearly two decades he escaped justice.
William Lloyd Basler — accused of repeatedly molesting his wife’s two young girls throughout much of the 1990s — would call Manteca Police detectives numerous times on the phone to taunt them, telling them they would never catch him.
He was even featured on America’s Most Wanted TV show in 2007.
The law finally caught up with him and his wife Robin Robinson in West Valley City, Utah, last July by the U.S. Marshal’s Service. They have been have been kept in the San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp since then without bail awaiting trial
The two will now face a San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge next week.
Manteca Police Sgt. Jodie Estarziau said Balser was wanted for multiple counts of child molestation including unlawful intercourse with a child, lewd acts with a child and continuous sexual abuse of a child.
Manteca detectives said Robinson was well aware of the ongoing abuse of the two children and did nothing to protect them or to stop the heinous crimes from continuing. She is being charged with five felonies.
Estarziau said the Manteca Police Department is grateful to the U.S. Marshal’s Service for locating and arresting the pair.
Reports back in the 1990s indicated one of the daughters reported the attacks in 1994. Police had no choice under the law but to release Basler from jail when the girl recanted. They later determined it was after her mother pressured her to do so.
Manteca Police had been searching for the couple ever since they fled in 1998 after the two girls reported the abuse to police.