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Inmate says he's tired of being linked to Etan Patz

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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 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.

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