LOS ANGELES — A judge has denied the impassioned plea of Roman Polanski’s victim to end the criminal case against the fugitive director.

Judge Scott Gordon ruled Friday that Polanski must appear in a Los Angeles court if he expects to have his four-decade-old case resolved.

The ruling follows a request by Samantha Geimer to end a “40-year sentence” she says was imposed on both perpetrator and victim. Polanski pleaded guilty to having unlawful sex with Geimer when she was 13. He fled the country on the eve of sentencing in 1978.

Geimer made her plea in court in June.

– From news service reports