HONOLULU — The U.S. Marshals Service says a former Utah corrections officer who went on the lam 11 years ago after being convicted of sexual abuse has been captured in Hawaii.

William Lawrence was arrested Monday at a fast-food restaurant on the island of Kauai.

Marshals say Lawrence was an officer for the Utah Department of Corrections when he handcuffed a girl to a bed and forced her to perform sex acts. He was convicted of forcible sexual abuse and forcible sodomy.

Before his sentencing hearing, he fled and has been considered a fugitive since 2006.

Marshals say they discovered he was living in Hawaii while reviewing cold cases last month.

Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Derryl Spencer says that as a former law enforcement officer, Lawrence knew strategies to evade capture.

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