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[UPDATED] RIVERSIDE: RCC student president, a sex offender, seeks re-election

[Updated with reelection – May 2013] Riverside City College’s student body president, a registered sex offender on probation, is running for re-election.

As ___ ____ prepares for the May 1 election, college district officials await a legal opinion from the California Community College Chancellor’s Office about whether the student government can or should change its bylaws to prevent candidates with criminal records from running in the future. Full Article

Update from May 2013: Figueroa reelected RCC student body president

Update: http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/riverside/riverside-headlines-index/20130418-riverside-rccs-student-president-says-sex-offender-past-irrelevant-to-re-election.ece

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I like this guy. He stands up for whats right. We really need to support him. Rock on

Crap I accidentally voted your comment down Sorry!

No worries I added thumbs up for you 😉

While I consider what he did to be sickly disgusting, I commend him for what he’s doing now. I started at a community college while on parole. however, unlike Figueroa, I chose not to get involved in any organization on campus, in spite of several attempts by the business club to get me involved. I know a few students have found about my status as an RSO, and most who have chose not to talk to me again, and that’s their right. Fortunately for me, none chose to persecute me by informing others about my registration status.

How do you known what he did? You might know of his reported convictions, but as for what actually happened do you have first hand knowledge? I doubt it.

I read something where he admitted to what he did, and expressed regret.

Well, I can kind of concur with td. I was never on the Megan’s web site. Although, I kept a low profile on school and I excelled and did really well. Although, while my charges have been expunged, the stigma continues. We can only pray the proposed legislation passes. Personally, it’s a no brainier and makes complete sense

Riverside is a bit of a drive. Will an online extension course qualify me as a member of the student body? I’m thinking of enrolling just to vote for this guy.

I went the other way when it came to being involved. I joined 12 clubs, and was an officer of 6 of them, including student government. I felt that the only way I was ever going to get a job was by being super involved, getting straight A’s, and multiple degrees, that way I may be on par with my non-sex offender competitors. Even still my current employer stated that he wished I had killed someone instead because he wouldn’t have hesitated hiring me. (On a side note, when did extinguishing a persons life become more acceptable than possession of… Read more »

One day the entire truth will come out on the details that happened. Comments such as “sickenly disgusting” are personalizations based on what was read or seen in the media and even misquotes on what Figueroa actually said will continue to be viewed as factual and not misconstrued. When we hear these types of stories on the news we will always think the worst and that is what we have to change. Some people do deserve the benefit of the doubt and that there is remorse, but even more so, that what is painted through the media is not always… Read more »

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