A child predator will likely spend the rest of his days in prison.
Ronald Stanley, 62, was handed a life sentence Friday, five months after he was convicted for various sexual crimes committed against a child.
It took a few years for authorities to nail down Stanley, who was arrested in Peyton, Colo. for sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl in February 2011, but fled the state before he could be tried. In summer 2013, a tip led investigators to a trailer park in eastern Washington, where Stanley was hiding. He was taken back into custody.
At the time of Stanley's 2011 arrest, investigators said they found thousands of pornographic images, including child pornography, on Stanley's computer. Investigators also say they found detailed plans on how Stanley manipulated or "groomed" his victim so that she would engage in sex acts with him. Some of those plans included altered images to make it look like the victim was already engaging in sex acts.
The victim's family said they felt a great sense of relief knowing Stanley was being sent to a place where he couldn't hurt anyone else.
"She has struggled, emotionally, mentally, physically, with all of this...but I think she's very relieved to know that he's going to be behind bars for the rest of his life," one of the family members told 11 News.
The judge said during the sentencing hearing Friday that she had no doubt that Stanley would re-offend if given the opportunity.