WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A convicted child molester long suspected in a notorious 1979 child disappearance case will serve another five to 10 years in prison for lying to authorities about where he planned to live after his release.
A northeastern Pennsylvania jury on Thursday found 70-year-old Jose Ramos guilty of providing false information to prison officials, a violation of Megan's Law.
Ramos claimed he tried to comply with the conditions of his release but his family shunned him and he had nowhere to go.
Ramos was for years the prime suspect in the disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz (AY'-tahn payts) in New York City. Another man has since been charged but a civil court once held Ramos responsible. He denies involvement.
Ramos completed a 27-year sentence on unrelated molestation charges in 2012.