Ex-suspect in boy’s disappearance stays in prison

FILE- In this May 28, 2010 file photo provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, inmate Jose A. Ramos is shown. Ramos, a convicted child molester who was found civilly liable in the death of Etan Patz, is due to be released from prison in Pennsylvania in early November. Now that Pedro Hernandez has confessed to the killing in 1979, will Ramos actually go free? (AP Photo/Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, File)

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A convicted child molester long suspected in a notorious 1979 New York City child disappearance case will spend six to 20 years in a Pennsylvania prison for failing to register an address under Megan’s Law the last time he left prison.

Wilkes-Barre’s Times Leader newspaper says a Luzerne County judge handed down the sentence Thursday against 70-year-old Jose Ramos, who was convicted in January of providing false information to prison officials.

Ramos was for years the prime suspect in the disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz, who disappeared while walking to his school bus stop. A New Jersey man has since been charged, but a civil court held Ramos responsible. Ramos denies involvement.

Information in the following story is from: Times Leader, http://www.timesleader.com

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