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      Convicted RI sex offender found in Columbia

      <font size="2">A convicted sex offender who fled Rhode Island has been found in Columbia, S.C.</font>

      COLUMBIA, SC / PROVIDENCE, RI (WACH/AP) -- A convicted sex offender who fled Rhode Island has been found in Columbia, S.C.

      A spokesperson for the US Marshals service in Columbia says earlier this month they started searching the capital city for Luis Ortiz.

      After receiving a tip Marshals tracked and arrested Ortiz in a hotel parking lot.

      The Providence Journal reports that Luis Ortiz was convicted in 2000 of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in Pawtucket,RI and was sentenced to 10 years, with 42 months in prison. When he was released he was to register as a sex offender but failed to do so.

      Deputy C.J. Wyant, who leads the U.S. Marshals Service's sex offender task force in Providence, says the 40-year-old Ortiz was arrested in January for failing to register as a sex offender. Wyant says he disappeared when he was released on bail.

      Ortiz is currently being held at the Lexington County detention center.

      Wyant says Ortiz waived extradition on Monday and will be returned to Rhode Island.

      It was not known Tuesday if he's represented by a lawyer.

      Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com