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Fugitive convicted of sodomy of a child in 2008, found and returned to Utah

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Posted at 3:31 PM, Feb 19, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-19 17:31:24-05

UTAH COUNTY, Utah – A wanted fugitive who was found guilty on three counts of sodomy of a child several in 2008 has been located and returned to Utah.

Officials said Santos Hinojos, 40, fled the state rather than appearing at his sentencing hearing, and police in Utah County have worked with U.S. Marshal’s Service and Mexican officials to find Hinojos.

According to information from the Utah County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect was placed on the Utah County Most Wanted List in 2013.

Hinojos was found and arrested on January 22 in Ensenada, which is in the Mexican state of Baja California. He was returned to Utah, and on February 6 he was taken to the Utah State Prison to begin serving his three sentences, each of which is five years to life.

The arrest was the work of the Lehi Police Department, the United States Marshal’s Service, the Utah County Sheriff’s Office and the Baja California Mexico Police.