WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A sex offender jailed in northeastern Pennsylvania says he's tired of being linked to the 1979 disappearance of a New York City boy whose case helped mobilize a nationwide missing-children movement.
Jose Ramos was for years the prime suspect in the disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz (AY'-tahn payts). Another man, Pedro Hernandez, has since been charged in Patz's death and faces trial, but a civil court once held Ramos responsible. He denies involvement.
Ramos has sent a letter to The Citizens' Voice newspaper (http://bit.ly/1dFDMsi ) in Wilkes-Barre (WILKS'-ba-ree) to complain about media coverage linking him to Patz, his attorneys and the Luzerne County court system.
He calls himself an "ex-sex offender and not a sex offender."
Ramos completed a 27-year sentence last year on molestation charges. He's jailed on Megan's Law charges.
Information from: The Citizens' Voice, http://www.citizensvoice.com