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Sex offender kicked out of Vallejo motel after outcry

A violent sex offender released from a psychiatric hospital last month and forced to live as a transient was kicked out of a motel in Vallejo this week amid public outcry, including critical statements from local police and city officials.

_____ _____ ____, 51, who committed five sexual assaults over 15 years, was evicted Wednesday from the Motel 6 on Enterprise Street after police and residents discovered he had been secretly placed there, Vallejo officials said Thursday.

“It appears that Motel 6 did not know that they had rented a room to Mr. ____, the recently released sexually violent predator,” said Daniel Keen, the Vallejo City Manager. “Once they confirmed that he was staying there, they acted immediately to evict him.” Full Article

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  1. mike r

    Man this is so inhumane to subject this guy to this type of treatment. I will be really surprised if this guy doesn’t lash out and really hurt someone not because he has a proclivity to do so but simply because of the unbarable sittuation that he is being subjected to. He did his sentence and if the people want further retribution from people like him then change the sentencing laws and keep them locked up if you must but don’t subject a human being to this draconian barbaric humiliation that’s happening to this guy.

  2. j

    Doesn’t it say in the law that housing discrimination is illegal?

    • Kevin

      Housing (as well as any other type) of discrimination is completely legal as long as it isn’t because of one of the protected classes of citizens (gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, etc.). Unfortunately, criminal background has been and always will be 100% legal to discriminate against.

      • j

        According to the 290 code, registrants and discrimination against them, are stated to be protected according to other protected classes.

        This includes discrimination in housing.

        • Kevin

          That only applies if you can prove he was being discriminated against based solely on his status as a registrant. One could simply cover themselves by saying it is only his criminal record that they discriminating against.

  3. Q

    Total BS. All the people that did not, do not and never will like the laws here should leave the country and go live someplace like N Korea instead of continually trashing the laws with new laws when there were already laws on the books dealing with what the new laws claimed to address. You shouldent be able to do this to someone that “paid his debt to society.”

  4. Craig

    sexually violent predator who committed five sexual assaults over 15 years, with that being said I really do not know what you would do with a person like this, I think he needs to be kept some where he can be watched, I have children and he is one I would not want around. Thumb me down but this guys history should have never allowed him out. He is why we get all these BS restrictions placed on us.

    • C

      Not sure I’d want him next to my family either, but the government must get involved. Throwing him out there with no place to go creates a dangerous situation in which he has nothing to lose. Indeed this not only sets him up for failure, but sets up more innocents for victimization.
      For reasons which should be obvious, society must help him amd those like him succeed at life.

      • Timmr

        This guy would be in prison for life under current law if he was sentenced now. The point is, he is not and someone has to watch him, if anything to allay people’s fears. But instead of kicking him around from place to place, wouldn’t it be better if the community met with him on a regular basis? Get to know him and his triggers and his needs and help him with both. Do we want to save a former offender from himself and to save the children from him at the same time. The community would then take charge of the situation and not just react on fear and presumptions. I know that is not a popular thing to do in this cultural climate and I admit, it is easier to just push him somewhere else. Haven’t we enough to do already?
        But are we compassionate, do we want to learn from even the least of us? Do we want a humane approach to protecting our children? I don’t know. It is easier to do nothing, than to do what may be the right thing, although it is unpalatable to our intuition.

        • Q

          I like your idea; it makes good sense. Instead of just pushing him from place to place he would actually be accountable if the community embraced him, and it might awaken his moral compass if he had examples to follow.

          I’m sure all these people in this community are good Christians, except when it comes to registrants; this makes all these good people hypocrites. Why doesn’t anyone get overly offended when it comes to murderers? I think it’s because the press and politicians would need to tell them to be offended and outraged.

        • Timmr

          I do remember in the 80’s the media making a big scare about crack cocaine. If you believed them, at any moment a crack head would likely burst into your house and murder all your family just to steal something to buy their next fix. Guess that bogeyman story didn’t have the sticking power like the roving sex offender myth. Combine sex and children and it sticks like cigarette tar in the lungs. The public keeps breathing it in and the politicians keep coughing out the laws.

    • Mike

      I was in therapy with 2 SVP’s and any SVP that’s released is on very close watch. They wear ankle monitors, have staff from Liberty medical under a state contract who follow them around and essentially supervisor them 24/7. They aren’t just cut loose to make their own way. At least that’s how it was 3 or 4 years ago and I doubt things have changed significantly since there. It’s a “supervised” release program.

  5. j

    Let the state find a place for him to stay and pay for it since he was deemed SVP. These are the things that need to be ironed out ahead of time rather than just reactionary thinking and acting.

  6. Stephen

    Motel 6 has said in the past it would not rent to RSO’s. I’m not sure they could do that in NJ where the Constitution says it’s illegal to use the lists to deny housing. What people need to do is reprint any complaints they can find about Motel 6 health code violations. Cut and Paste what ever you find to public forums.

    • Q

      Motel 6 said that?!?! That’s funny! Every time I go out of town for whatever reason I always stay there unless there isn’t one around.

    • j

      This violates the clause in 290 that protects registrants from denial of business services.

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  8. anonymously

    Kevin said “That only applies if you can prove he was being discriminated against based solely on his status as a registrant. One could simply cover themselves by saying it is only his criminal record that they discriminating against.”

    But registration is based on criminal record. So it still violates PC 290. They would have to find something unrelated to registration.

    • Kevin

      Indeed, you can’t have one without the other so I suppose a good lawyer might be able to argue it is discrimination based on registration either directly or indirectly. However, if someone with with a non-sexual criminal record can legally be discriminated against then according to the Equal Protection Clause an individual with a sexual criminal record should also be able to be discriminated against. It’s all very convoluted, but lawmakers never consider these kind of things when writing sex offender laws.

  9. anonymously

    The general pattern of the Equal Protection Clause is the granting of additional rights, not take them away from one class to make the law equal to all classes of ex-offenders. So , in other words, a hypothetical lawsuit brought by a plaintiff who is a non-registrant with a criminal record who is being discriminated against would, if successful, give non-registrants the protection from discrimination on housing, usage of services from businesses, etc. Yes, it would be hard to show that registrants are not being discriminated against because not everyone plays by the rules and follows the law. Registrants continue to face discrimination in violation of PC 290. The recent Supreme Court case making gay marriage legal and recognized in all 50 states was based in part on the Equal Protection Clause. It gave the right to marry and be equal with everyone else. It did not make it illegal for hetero’s to marry to achieve parity. It is called Equal Protection Clause because it’s meant to protect, not give authority to discriminate. Also, generally the Equal Protection Clause applies to government actions by the state or local governments. The 14th Amendment expands the Bill of Rights ( 1st 10 Amendments that apply to the Federal governement ) to the states. So Equal Protection Clause would apply to state actions that require registration of sex-based crimes and not of any other class of criminal. If sucessful, the remedy would be to end registration on those who have convictions that required or led to registration and not to impose it on other classes of criminals who don’t register for so-called sex offenses to achieve parity.

    Some of this discrimination of those with criminal records is being addressed with recent legislation to ban the box, which bans prospective employers from asking about criminal convictions on an initial application. This legislation also helps registrants, who have criminal records, as well. I would also like to see a Equal Protection case on registrants being allowed to have the benefits of Prop 47.

    • j

      What ever happened to the term Clear Seven? It means that on the basis of criminal history, anything after seven years is considered discrimination if that information is used (in that case) to not hire or otherwise discriminate in the hiring process.

      One could argue the same in the case of a registrant who has completed a clear seven and with the protections in 290, should build a case for the ability to work.

      Employers continue to discriminate against registrants and that is the least priority of the legislature however, EDD should be held to assist those negatively affected by retroactive implementation of 290 and give registrants a fast track on employment.

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