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TWIN FALLS -- A convicted sex offender who fled the state after a jury found him guilty of sexually abusing a vulnerable adult has been sentenced to between 18 to 25 years in prison.

The Times-News reports that David Knutsen was sentenced by 5th District Judge Richard Bevan on Tuesday.

Deputy Prosecutor Suzanne Craig said Knutsen and the victim, a developmentally delayed 22-year-old woman, were both patients at a mental health hospital when Knutsen committed the abuse in 2009.

After a jury found him guilty of four felonies in connection with the abuse, Knutsen fled to Nevada, where he was eventually arrested on charges including assaulting an officer. He spent more than 2 years in a Nevada prison before being returned to Idaho for sentencing.

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