Former officer captured after 11 years on run

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) An 11 year run from the law comes to an end for a former Utah corrections officer. 

US Marshals captured William Lawrence in Hawaii Monday. 

While working in the Utah State prison, Lawrence handcuffed a young woman to a bed and used his badge to force her to have sex. Before sentencing, Lawrence fled, eluding police since 2006. 

“I was so excited that justice had finally been served,” Turner Bitton said, executive director for Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault (UCASA).

The 41-year-old is accused of using his law enforcement background to hide from officers.

US Marshals from Utah finally caught up to him while eating lunch at a Kauai McDonalds, where he had been living under a new identity.

“We were pretty excited. We couldn’t work fast enough to uncover more things about this individual, this new person that we had learned of. There were a lot of high fives up on the 4th floor,” said US Marshal Supervisor Deputy Derryl Spencer.

Advocates at UCASA said the cold-case arrest reaffirms sexual assault victims that justice will be served.

“The thing that I think it speaks the most to is the fact that there are dedicated professionals working to balance the scales of justice,” Bitton said.

Free and confidential help and support for victims and survivors of sexual assault or harassment is available via phone 24/7 at 1-888-421-1100 or online at UCASA.org/resources.

Spencer said possible charges could be filed against anyone who helped hide Lawrence while he eluded law enforcement.

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