A 51-year-old man has confessed to choking 6-year-old Etan Patz in New York in 1979. A conviction could play a role in whether a different long-time suspect, a man who molested a young boy at a Rainbow Gathering, will be released from prison soon.
Barry Adams is a Missoula community activist and a leader in the Rainbow Family Gatherings, but what happened at a gathering in Pennsylvania in 1986 changed his life.
Adams says he helped prosecutors convict Jose Antonio Ramos for molesting an 8-year-old boy at the gathering.
Ramos is almost done serving time. He'll likely go free this year. Adams worries Ramos will molest other children. "Ramos, I do not believe, is someone who could ever be safe around children, even for his whole life."
In 2004, a judge pointed the finger at Ramos for the disappearance of Patz in 1979. Ramos reportedly admitted that he'd tried to molest Etan the day he disappeared, but denied hurting the boy. The case closed until two recent developments. Adams fears if Ramos is no longer a prime suspect in the Etan Patz case, he will be released back into the public.
Adams says many questions surround Ramos. "How was he able to go around the country for so many years, driving in a bus, being arrested a number of times, being charged with lesser degree crimes each time and then be released? How does that happen? It's for the generations of young-ins, and for the very young-ins that he abused so many years ago. They have been harmed. If nothing else, I believe totally that they deserve to know all the answers.