PHILADELPHIA -- The man who was long the prime suspect in the landmark Etan Patz missing child case is to be released Tuesday from a Pennsylvania prison where he spent 20 years for molesting other children.

Six-year-old Etan disappeared in SoHo on his way to school on May 25, 1979. He was never found.

The man, Jose Ramos, was declared responsible for Etan's death in a civil case in 2004, but the Manhattan district attorney's office has said there wasn't enough evidence to charge him criminally. He has denied any involvement in the boy's disappearance.

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Ramos, incarcerated at the state prison at Dallas in northeastern Pennsylvania, is set to be freed Wednesday, prison spokesman Michael Goyne said Tuesday.

-- AP