Arizona

Jan 13, 2012 2:03 PM

AZ child molester gets 560 years

PHOENIX (AP) - A man dubbed by "America's Most Wanted" as one of the most prolific child molesters in Arizona history has been sentenced to 560 years in prison.

Arthur Leon Vitasek was sentenced by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Peter Reinstein on Friday.

The 47-year-old was found guilty in November of 26 counts that included sexual conduct with a minor, child molestation and public sexual indecency.

The charges stem from the molestation of eight boys from 7 to 15 years old in Mesa, Phoenix and Paradise Valley over a 15-year period. Police suspect there are more victims.

Vitasek was arrested in Texas in September 2006 after being on the lam for more than a year and a half.

"America's Most Wanted" featured Vitasek on the program numerous times before his arrest.

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