State offered no warning of fugitive rapist

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

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Last Update: 8/04 1:15 pm
When a convicted Bakersfield rapist cut off his ankle monitor and went into hiding July 5, the state parole department never warned the public. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, which operates the state parole division, never tells the public when a paroled sex offender cuts off his ankle monitor and has disappeared from their sight.

The CDCR notifies local law enforcement, said CDCR spokesman Luis Patino said.

“The system is that we put it through and automated system that automatically tells all law enforcement officials who the parolees at large are, and also there is an arrest warrant put out,” Patino said.

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office got that notification nearly a month ago when German Baeza, 26, cut off his GPS ankle monitor and left the home in which he was supposed to be living at 124 E. McCord Ave. in Oildale.

“They notified us by e-mail when this occurred. Due to his classification, we took the e-mail and we let our patrol officers know,” Kern County Sheriff’s Department Commander Ed Komin said.

He is now accused of kidnapping and raping a 15-year-old Bakersfield girl at gunpoint. He met her online and lured her into meeting him, according to sheriff’s deputies. Police said just days earlier, Baeza tried to abduct a 14-year-old girl at gunpoint in east Bakersfield. She fought him off and escaped.

Local law enforcement agencies can notify the public about wanted parolees, but they only do so if the sex offender is considered a violent predator, such as having several violent sex crimes. Baeza only had one conviction and didn’t qualify.

“Sexually violent predators are reserved for the most violent, where there is a reasonable expectation that there is a danger to the public if they escape,” Komin said.

In 2009, sex offender Bruce Riley cut of his tracking device and threw it on the freeway. Parole agents kept silent about it. Two weeks after Riley fled, a Bakersfield Police Department officer doing a random check found he was gone. The BPD alerted the public and a woman called police saying she had bought an RV from the sex offender. Riley was caught in Las Vegas.

Baeza is in jail and faces numerous charges, including kidnapping, rape, sodomy and assault.

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