A man charged with molesting an eight-year-old girl dodged arrest for months by using a variety of aliases, but Bulloch County Sheriff’s investigators, with the help of immigration police, caught up with him after a recent traffic stop.
Jose Ojeida-Barbosa, 44, U.S. 301 South, is held in the Bulloch County Jail on charges of child molestation, sexual battery, and giving false identity to law enforcement, said Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson.
Sheriff’s investigators were alerted in August about the “alleged molestation involving an eight-year-old female victim which occurred at a residence on U.S. 301 South in Statesboro,” he said. ”Forensic interviews were conducted with the victim and a criminal investigation was initiated.”
Investigators identified Ojeida-Barbosa as the offender, but could not immediately locate him, Anderson said.
After checking with agents from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, (ICE), investigators learned Ojeida-Barbosa was living in the country illegally.
He had been arrested several times in the past in Bulloch County for misdemeanors, but “has shown a pattern of using alias names during the booking process,” he said.
Warrants were issued for his arrest, but since Ojeida-Barbosa used several aliases, locating him was difficult. Due to the serious nature of the crimes, deputies sought assistance from the United States Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, Anderson said.
“After extensive effort … Ojeida-Barbosa was located in Country Lakes Mobile Home Park on U.S. 301 South and taken into custody during a traffic stop,” he said. ”He was transported to the Bulloch County Jail and is currently held without bond on two counts of child molestation, two counts of sexual battery and one count of giving false information.”
Anderson expressed appreciation of help from ICE and the US Marshals Service.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Inv. Bill Black at (912) 764-8888.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.