Man on run for sex crimes finally caught in Sarapiquí

Judicial police captured a man Thursday morning who had been sentenced to 36 years in prison for three counts of child rape and eight counts of sexual abuse. The man has been at liberty since the sentence was handed down in 2007.

The Judicial Investigating Organization said that the man with the last name of Paniagua was located at a farm in Horquetas de Sarapiquí where he had been working for 15 days. Agents said the man avoided detention by moving around from Guanacaste to Limón. He is 58, they said.

The sentence was in the Tribunal Penal de San Carlos. The crimes involved a 6-year-old victim of the rapes and a 12-year-old victim of the sexual abuse, said the judicial agency.

Criminal sentences are not final until they are reviewed by the Sala III high court. Consequently jailing a recently convicted individual is at the discretion of trial judges.

This entry was posted in Costa Rica News. Bookmark the permalink.