LA Judge Says Polanski Must Return To US To Be Sentenced In Decades-Old Sex Case

Director Roman Polanski attends Che Tempo Che Fa TV Show held at RAI Studios on November 23, 2008 in Milan, Italy Director Roman Polanski attends Che Tempo Che Fa TV Show held at RAI Studios on November 23, 2008 in Milan, Italy

A Los Angeles judge has ruled Roman Polanski must return to the U.S. to be sentenced in a decades-old sex case.

Superior Court Judge Peter Espinoza’s ruling Friday is likely to be appealed.

Attorneys for the 76-year-old Polanski attorneys have argued their client should be sentenced in abstentia to time already served after pleading guilty in 1978 to one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl.

Prosecutors insist Polanski must appear in a Los Angeles courtroom and not be permitted to manipulate the justice system.

Polanski is under house arrest in his Swiss vacation home.

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