Earl _____ has had multiple convictions for child molesting, the last one in 1988. After being held for 20 years in a state mental hospital awaiting a verdict on whether he should be confined as a “sexually violent predator,” _____ argued that, at age 74, and with no record of violence for many decades, he is too old to be dangerous.
A state appeals court was unpersuaded.
“While a person may ‘slow down’ with age, it does not necessarily follow that interest in sexual deviancy slows down. … ‘Old age,’ standing alone, does not relieve a person from SVP commitment,” the Second District Court of Appeal in Ventura said Tuesday in upholding a trial judge’s decision to keep Hoffman in the hospital.