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Apr 24, 9:33 PM EDT

Ex-suspect in boy's disappearance stays in prison

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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 (WILKS'-ba-reez) Times Leader newspaper (http://bit.ly/1hro8Fi ) 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 (AY'-tahn payts), 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.

Ramos completed a 27-year sentence on unrelated molestation charges in 2012.

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Information from: Times Leader, http://www.timesleader.com

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