August 11, 2013

Facebook posting raises alarm over sex offender

8-11-2013 National:

Recent accusations about a Napa man released from state prison in November have gone viral on social media.

However, Napa Police have not received new complaints about the man, Napa Police Capt. Jeff Troendly said Wednesday. Neither have the Napa County Sheriff’s Office nor the Napa County District Attorney’s Office, which receives complaints from law agencies.

The Facebook post — which alleges offenses against women and urges Napans to arm themselves with knives, consider self-defense classes and be aware of their surroundings — may have led hundreds to click on a Napa Valley Register story on him from Sept. 26, 2009.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the 2009 story had 2,244 page views since Aug. 1, making it the seventh most-viewed story this month at

A registered sex offender because of two sexual battery convictions in 1994, he has served time in jail and state prison over the years, according to court records.

He was last sent to state prison in 2010 after he was sentenced to a five-year term for tearing down fliers from businesses in September 2009 that alerted the public of his status as a registered sex offender.

Police had posted the fliers at Napa businesses under the state’s sex registry law after two women reported “disturbing encounters” with him, including him approaching women on the street, pestering them with messages and saying “he had mistakenly been put on death row for the brutal murders of two women,” according to court documents.

He was sentenced in April 2010 in connection with the 2009 incident, according to court records. He was released in November from prison on parole, said Bill Sessa, spokesman for the California Department of Corrections.

The social media post that recently went viral on Facebook includes allegations of attacks against women jogging and walking alone along Linda Vista Avenue and at the Dry Creek area and dog park, allegations law enforcement representatives said were old.

Court records show no convictions for these allegations, some of which were reported in the Napa Valley Register in 2005

Using Facebook, the Register contacted a woman this week who said she had posted an alert on Facebook regarding him after a co-worker brought a flier to work that made allegations against him.

In July, a California Court of Appeal reversed five counts for which he was sentenced in 2010, including attempted criminal threats, resisting police and a count of burglary and theft. The original complaint included 17 charges with three special allegations for prior felony convictions, according to court records.

He may be resentenced in August in Napa County Superior Court. However, his new sentence may be a moot point because he has served his time already. His next hearing on the resentencing is Sept. 5 in Napa County Superior Court.

He could not be reached for comment for this story. His mother declined comment. ..Source.. by KERANA TODOROV

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