After 17 News investigation, governor orders public notification when paroled sex offenders try to remove GPS monitoring device

Posted on August 5, 2010. Filed under: Crime, Parole |

Last Update: 8/04 8:43 pm

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has ordered the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations to notify the public whenever a sex offender on parole removes his or her Global Positioning System tracking device and tries to escape supervision. The governor’s action came after a 17 News investigation, which revealed the CDCR never notified the public when a paroled sex offender removed the device and went off the radar, because there was no law requiring them to do so.Our investigation, which aired Tuesday, started after convicted rapist German Baeza, 26, cut off his GPS ankle bracelet in Oildale on July 5th and went on the lam.

About two weeks later, police say he tried to kidnap a 14-year-old girl in east Bakersfield, but she fought him off. Three days after that, deputies say Baeza kidnapped and raped a 15-year-old girl he met online, after he lured her into meeting him in person.

17 News called Shafter Senator Dean Florez Wednesday to ask why there was no law requiring public notification when paroled sex offenders cut off their ankle monitors. Florez called on Governor Schwarzenegger to take action.

Schwarzenegger ordered the CDCR to notify the media and the public when a paroled sex offender on GPS attempts to flee. “Paroled sex offenders that take action to remove their GPS pose a threat to public safety, and the department must take every necessary step to eliminate that threat, including making sure the public is aware of these individuals. My greatest priority is to protect the safety of all Californians, and a better informed public will help make our communities safer from sex offenders trying to run from parole supervision,” Schwarzenegger said in an announcement e-mailed to 17 News.

Monitored sex offenders often run from parole supervision. The CDCR said in late June they have 7,266 parolees on GPS, and of those, 6,548 are sex offenders. Each month, between 20 and 60 monitored parolees try to cut off the devices, or disable them, and run away. “We will immediately begin the development of a system that notifies the media and the public when a sex offender attempts to abscond from parole supervision,” CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate said.

Senator Florez noted that swift notification to the public can play a big part in the timely arrest of the fugitive parolees. 17 News will continue to monitor this developing story and we will let you know when the system is in place.

Baeza was caught and identified as the kidnapping and rape suspect after he was arrested on a parole violation.


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