A fugitive who was on the run nearly 30 years and living under a new name when he was arrested in Shawnee last year has been sentenced to serve 12 years in prison involving a child rape case in the state of Washington.

A fugitive who was on the run nearly 30 years and living under a new name when he was arrested in Shawnee last year has been sentenced to serve 12 years in prison involving a child rape case in the state of Washington.

Ronald Paulson, 71, pleaded guilty to four counts of statutory rape, indecent liberties and bail jumping in Port Orchard, Washington, The Kitsap Run reported last month through the Associated Press.

Paulson, who had been on the run from Washington state since missing a court date there in 1990, was arrested in Shawnee in May 2016.

Paulson was recently sentenced in Kitsap County Superior Court. After he is released, he'll spend an additional three years on parole.

At the time of his arrest, Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Deputies said Paulson had been “hiding in plain sight” and was living under the name of Warron Big Eagle in Shawnee, where he also was a well known member of the community.

With a positive fingerprint match confirmed through a national database, Sheriff Mike Booth said deputies arrested Big Eagle when they confirmed his identity was really Ronald Lee Paulson.

Paulson allegedly fled from Port Orchard, Washington, and missed a 1990 court proceeding there.

Court documents indicate Paulson was charged in 1987 after state child welfare workers notified police about accusations that he assaulted a girl — a female relative — over several years.

While Washington investigators searched for Paulson for many years, the search led them to Pottawatomie County last year with information indicating Paulson was using the name Warron Big Eagle while living in Pottawatomie County.

Last year, when deputies first received a call from Washington authorities, local investigators began work to confirm a possible connection and found Big Eagle working for an Oklahoma City roofing company.

In trying to determine if Big Eagle could in fact be Paulson, investigators set up an opportunity to meet him through a roofing job to either exonerate him or confirm he was in fact the fugitive.

“Immediately when investigators confronted him, he did admit he was the guy we were looking for,” Booth said after the arrest.

With help from the Shawnee Police Department, his fingerprints were taken and entered into that department’s Automatic Fingerprint Identification System database. Within an hour, that system matched Big Eagle’s prints to the ones on file for Paulson in Washington state, so the identity was confirmed.

And while the local case developed and happened fast, Booth was amazed at how long Big Eagle had been able to evade authorities, especially since he has been such an active member of this community.

Paulson was taken to the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center, then eventually extradited to Washington.

While deputies said Paulson had been on the run since the mid-1980s, it was unclear how many of those years he lived in Shawnee.