PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A sex offender arrested in Coos County after being on the run for 23 years was extradited to California on Friday.
Arturo Rangel, 55, was booked into the Fresno County Jail on charges of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14, deputies said. He appeared in a Fresno County court on Tuesday.
In 1993, he was arrested on suspicion of lewd or lascivious acts with a minor under 14 years old and annoying or molesting a child under 18 years old, according to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office. The crimes were committed from 1991 to 1992.
Rangel pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to seven years.
Just before his sentencing hearing, a judge released Rangel on a Cruz Waiver (which allows a defendant to be released from jail to address personal matters before their sentencing). The sex offender was informed that if he didn’t show up to the hearing he could receive a longer prison sentence. Still, he chose to skip the court date and flee the area, deputies said.
After authorities learned Rangel fled, a judge issued a bench warrant for his arrest. It was thought the sex offender left the U.S.
In July, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous tip that Rangel might be living in Oregon. A detective with the U.S. Marshal Service found a possible address for Rangel in Myrtle Point, and the sex offender was arrested on August 23. He was booked into the Coos County Jail for holding.
Further investigation into Rangel’s criminal history revealed that in 1986 he was convicted in Oregon of forcible rape with violence and possession of a concealed firearm. He served time in prison until 1989, deputies said. When he was released, Rangel moved to Fresno.
Multiple law enforcement agencies assisted with the investigation to find Rangel.