Sex offender from Arizona on the run for nearly 7 years arrested in Mexico; In federal custody



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TUCSON, Arizona — Federal authorities have taken custody of a fugitive sex offender from Arizona who was on the run for nearly seven years.

Mexican officials turned 30-year-old Manuel Mauro Rivera-Ramirez over to U.S. Marshals on Tuesday night at the port of entry in El Paso, Texas.

Authorities say he will be extradited soon to southern Arizona.

Pima County Superior Court issued a warrant in September 2008 charging Rivera-Ramirez with violating conditions of his probation by absconding from supervision.

He was on probation for a 2006 sexual assault conviction.

Pima County probation officials determined last December that Rivera-Ramirez had fled to Mexico and asked the U.S. Marshals Service to locate him.

Authorities say Rivera-Ramirez was arrested Monday in Mexico. He was working as a juvenile guidance counselor for a church in Ciudad Chihuahua.

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