How many of you out there, who will admit it, have done exactly what this man has done? Should you be on the sex offender registry for something like this? We agree the man should be punished, but come on!
By ALYSSA DURANTY
SANTA ANA – A 30-year-old convicted sex offender from Santa Ana, who has been trying to appeal a probation violation for entering a county park, has been sentenced to an additional 197 days in jail after he admitted to more misconduct.
[name withheld] has been fighting the Orange County ordinance barring sex offenders from public recreation areas such as beaches and parks since he was found guilty on Nov. 14, 2011, of violating his probation by entering Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley on May 5, 2011, authorities said.
Authorities said [name withheld] admitted to a deputy on June 7, 2011, that he was in the park for several hours and knew it was a violation of his probation.
[name withheld] has now been charged with additional jail time after his probation officer filed a petition that states he admitted to multiple offenses including sexual encounters with women and a man since January, authorities said.
[name withheld] had to register as a sex offender for life after he was convicted on June 17, 2010, on a misdemeanor count of sexual battery for slapping a woman on her upper thigh on Nov. 11, 2009, and chasing her after she ran away, according to a statement from the District Attorney's Office.
He also was convicted of a misdemeanor attempted sexual battery for slapping a woman on her buttocks Nov. 17, 2009, after he leaned down and pretended to pet her dog and slapping her on the buttocks a second time after she walked away.
He admitted to both incidents in a taped interview with the Santa Ana Police Department, officials said.
[name withheld] signed a copy of the Orange County sex-offender ordinance on May 2, 2011, which states that he is not allowed to enter public recreation areas without signed permission by the Orange County Sheriff's Department. That was three days before he went to a family gathering at Mile Square Park, according to a statement from the Orange County District Attorney's Office.
Officials said [name withheld] was found guilty Nov. 14, 2011 of violating the ordinance and sentenced to 100 days in jail and five years formal probation for the misdemeanor.
[name withheld] appealed the conviction, stating that the county law is too vague and that state law -- which bans paroled sex offenders only if committing crimes against young children – trumps the county law.
Scott Van Camp, [name withheld]'s court-appointed attorney, said that his client's new jail time will not affect appeal, and he will be finished with his probation term once he is released.
Several Orange County cities had passed similar ordinances, but some including Los Alamitos and Lake Forest have reversed the ban to avoid financial penalties after being named in an anonymously filed federal lawsuit Sept. 28.
A hearing on an appeal relating to Fullerton's ordinance banning sex offenders from public parks is scheduled for Thursday morning.