Normally, when we find ourselves discussing the “empty the jails” initiative we’re talking about New York City but such poor decisions aren’t limited to the Big Apple. California has been getting in on the act also. A recent example comes to us from Santa Ana, where seven inmates described as “high-risk sex offenders” were cut loose early in April to supposedly reduce the risk of spreading the novel coronavirus behind bars. One of them, Rudy William Grajeda Magdaleno, was barely halfway through his current sentence for convictions on a variety of charges, but he didn’t waste much time before putting his newly won freedom to bad use by exposing himself to some women… at his parole office. (ABC News)
A high-risk registered sex offender was arrested Thursday for allegedly exposing himself at a parole resource center, just two weeks after a controversial early release from the Orange County Jail.
Seven inmates who were deemed high-risk sex offenders were released early in April by a court commissioner, triggering criticism and warnings from county law enforcement officials who said the release was not necessary because the jails were not overcrowded.
One of them was Rudy William Grajeda Magdaleno, who was released April 13 after serving 71 days in jail on a 180-day minimum sentence. Officials say he has an extensive criminal history including convictions for robbery, narcotics possession, criminal threats and child annoyance.
It’s true that Magdaleno had some nonviolent (or at least not as violent) charges on his lengthy rap sheet including robbery and drug possession. But that wasn’t his real claim to fame. He’d previously been convicted of sexual assault on a mentally disabled person. He’d also been caught breaking into a home while “naked from the waist down” and trying to get into the bedroom of an 11-year-old girl. Oh, and he once showed up at a law office, sat down on the floor, and began masturbating while staring at one of the women who worked there.