UPDATED: DA Spitzer Issues Warning About Early Release of 7 Registered Sex Offenders

UPDATED with statement from OC Sheriff Don Barnes: “It has been incorrectly reported in the media that my Department authorized the recent releases of seven registered sex offenders from Orange County Jail. That is inaccurate. These inmates were released by Court order, and are not in any way connected to the measures I have taken to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the Orange County Jail.”

“We have responsibly created the capacity needed in the jail to house sex offenders and other dangerous criminals. I oppose efforts that excuse criminal behavior and jeopardize the safety of our community.”

From the Orange County District Attorney’s Office:

Orange County District Attorney Issues Community Warning Regarding Release of Registered Sex Offenders
With jail population at historic low, there is no reason to release
dangerous criminals back into our communities.

SANTA ANA, Calif. – The Orange County District Attorney’s Office is issuing a warning to county residents about seven high risk registered sex offenders who have been released from jail months early despite being charged with cutting off their GPS monitors or otherwise tampering with the tracking devices to render them inoperable.

Many of the registered sex offenders who were released early spent just days behind bars instead of the six months required by law for registered sex offenders who violate parole by removing or disabling GPS monitors. The sex offenders are monitored by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), which submitted the parole violations to the court.

Since April 7, 2020 seven registered sex offenders – with crimes ranging from indecent exposure and sexual battery to child molestation – have been released as a result of rulings by appointed Court Commissioner Joseph Dane.

One of the registered sex offenders, convicted of sexual battery, was released on April 7, 2020 after Commissioner Dane sentenced him 20 days credit time served and ordered him to report to parole. Just two weeks later – on April 24, 2020 – he appeared in court on another parole violation and Commissioner Dane again released him after sentencing him to 16 days credit time served.

Sheriff Don Barnes reported to the Orange County Board of Supervisors today the population in the Orange County jail system has been reduced by nearly 45% since March 7 and there is no overcrowding issue. Sheriff Barnes assured that proper steps, including social distancing, masks, and quarantining of new inmates, are in place.

“These kinds of high-risk sex offenders are the most dangerous kind of criminal and the most likely to re-offend. They are doing everything they can to avoid detection by the parole officers assigned to monitor them so they can potentially commit additional sex offenses. These are not the kind of people who should be getting a break,” said Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer. “As a state legislator, I was the author and founder of the State of California Sex Offender Management Board and the author of Megan’s Law on the Internet, which allows the public to see where these sex offenders are so that they can protect themselves and their families.

It is not the Court’s responsibility to control the jail population by releasing these dangerous criminals back into our communities. The residents of Orange County deserve to have the peace of mind that registered sex offenders are being held accountable and not just let out the front door of a jail by a court commissioner who refuses to follow the law.”

As a result of these dangerous decisions to not follow the law, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office will not stipulate to appear in front of Commissioner Dane on parole violations involving registered sex offenders.

These seven registered sex offenders were released prior to the minimum 180-day sentence required by law for removing or disabling a GPS monitor.

Luis Joel Ramirez

Luis Joel Ramirez – 27

Last known address: Costa Mesa

Selected criminal history: sexual battery, assault with a deadly weapon, resisting a peace officer, burglary and possessing a leaded cane, a deadly weapon

Four parole violations since 2019

Released 4/7/2020 after serving 20 days credit time served on a parole violation for cutting off his GPS despite 180 day minimum sentence.

Released 4/24/2020 after serving 16 days credit time served on a parole violation for failing to report to parole.

 

James Franklin Bowling

James Franklin Bowling – 50

Last known address: Orange

Selected criminal history: lewd conduct in a public place, repeated convictions for failing to register as a sex offender, repeated convictions for sex offender on school grounds, possession of controlled substance and paraphernalia

Two parole violations since February 2020.

Released 4/9/2020 after serving 14 days credit time served on a parole violation for failing to charge GPS monitor despite 180 day minimum sentence. Ordered to report to parole. He does not report.

​Rudy William Grajeda Magdaleno

Rudy William Grajeda Magdaleno – 39

Last known address: Anaheim

Selected criminal history: child molestation, indecent exposure, assault, battery, criminal threats, inflicting injury on an elder adult

Five parole violations since 2017

Released 4/13/2020 after serving 142 days credit time served on a parole violation for failing to charge GPS monitor despite 180 day minimum sentence. He is ordered to report to parole. He does not report.

Calvin Curtis Coleman

Calvin Curtis Coleman – 52

Last known address: Santa Ana

Selected criminal history: lewd conduct in a public place

Three parole violations since 2019

Released 4/13/2020 after serving 18 days credit time served on a parole violation after failing to charge GPS monitor despite 180 day minimum sentence and ordered to report to parole.

 

Kyle Albert Winton

Kyle Albert Winton – 40

Last known address: Mission Viejo

Selected criminal history: annoy/molest a child, criminal threats to cause great bodily injury or death, resisting a peace officer, DUI and hit and run with property damage

One parole violation.

Released 4/17/2020 after serving 10 days credit time served on a parole violation after failing to charge GPS monitor despite 180 day minimum sentence and ordered to report to parole. He does not report.

 

Jose Adrian Oregel

Jose Adrian Oregel – 46

Last known address: Santa Ana

Selected criminal history: Unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, oral copulation of a person under the age of 18, great bodily injury, second striker

Six parole violations since June 2019

Released 4/22/2020 after serving 18 days credit time served a parole violation for failing to charge GPS monitor despite 180 day minimum sentence and ordered to report to parole.

 

Mario Ernesto Sandoval

​Mario Ernesto Sandoval – 45

Last known address: Stanton

Selected criminal history: sexual battery, touching for sexual arousal, indecent exposure, assault on a peace officer, assault

One parole violation in 2020

Sandoval failed to charge his GPS device as required by law, and was unaccounted for one third of the time he was out of custody

Released 4/22/2020 after serving 16 credit time served on a parole violation for failing to report to charge GPS monitor despite 180 day minimum sentence and ordered to report to parole.

12 comments

  1. Moj - West Anaheim

    Unbelievable! And the police arrested the guy for paddle boarding and a family for taking their kids to the park? Then Newsome just said in a tv interview to call 911 if you need help! So they can just release the criminals… What a joke.

  2. West Anaheim resident

    PLEASE COMPLAIN TO COMISSIONER JOSEPH DANE WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS RECKLESS DECISION:

    JOSEPH DANE (657) 622 7102

    Let’s get him FIRED.

    Hope the criminals he let out go straight to his house.

  3. Lets arm these guys with weapons please…then send them into the riverbed. Thanks Judge !

  4. All of you commenters are attacking an appointed judge for following the guidelines that he has been given to him by the voters and politicians of this county and state.
    Your problem is not with this commissioner, your problem is with the voters and law makers in this county and state.
    You are all cowards.
    Get educated and address the real issue instead of blowing hot air in the comment section of this editorial gossip website.
    The OC DA’s office is still as corrupt as ever under Todd Spitzer.
    God bless Commissioner Joseph Dane.
    OC needs 12 more exactly like him.

    • Ouch in Anaheim

      Response to Tony P…….It would appear that you have a huge PROBLEM with OC DA Todd Spitzer. Shall we draw our own conclusions on why or would you like to clarify for us why?

      And it would also appear that you are on here with us blowing hot air.

  5. One of these guys got re-arrested a couple days ago. He’s obviously mentally ill – he masturbates in front of ANYBODY, even the cops.

    The ACLU had been pushing for low-level offenders and folks with little time left to be released so that inmates could be socially-distanced – but that wasn’t supposed to include sex offenders! Sounds like one Commissioner went too far.

    • Yep – efforts by leftists like Vern to let the criminals out of jail never really work out as planned.

      • While the indifference of folks like Matt to letting our jails become COVID hothouses worked out splendidly!

        • Your preference is to release criminals, thereby exposing the public to an even higher level of risk. We understand where your sympathies lie.

        • Better to keep them in jail. If they have it, they’re quarantined.

          Vern has a softspot for criminals and jailbirds, and a bias against law enforcement. He cares more about the health and well being of convicts than about law-abiding people. He wants to let the criminals out of jail and confine the rest of us to our homes.

          What do you expect from a guy with 5 DUI convictions, who would be in prison in any other state?

  6. So many of these criminals were rearrested right after release, and transients have just tripled on the streets. They think letting out criminals from jails is the answer?

    Common sense says NO.

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