A man with a history of sex crimes convictions faces a new set of charges following a Thousand Oaks burglary. Two Thousand Oaks residents returned to their home following an evacuation and discovered a burglar. The man, who did not have shoes, ran from the scene carrying clothing from the home.
Using surveillance footage from a neighbor’s home, police identified a suspicious vehicle fleeing the neighborhood. Several days later, city workers contacted police, saying they had found numerous articles of women’s clothing in a park restroom. Surveillance video showed a semi-nude man enter and exit the restroom wearing women’s lingerie. The suspect also appeared to have an ankle tether. The video also showed the man leaving the park in the same vehicle that fled from the earlier burglary scene.
Based on the surveillance information, investigators identified the suspect as a registered sex offender currently on parole. In addition to sex offenses, the man also has a burglary conviction. Police arrested the man at a relative’s home in Thousand Oaks. They secured a search warrant for the man’s home in Northridge. There, they discovered additional items taken from the Thousand Oaks burglary, and a collection of women’s clothing.
The suspect remains jailed at the Ventura County Jail in lieu of a $160,000 bond. Currently, he faces a felony charge of residential burglary and a misdemeanor lewd conduct charge. He will return to court on December 3 on matters related to his case.
Thousand Oaks sex crimes lawyer
When you face charges related to sexual offenses, hire an experienced sex crimes lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He has defended thousands of Californians and takes sex crimes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.
Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on the charges against them. Instead, he works aggressively to get charges reduced and dropped. He also builds an aggressive defense for his clients, always aimed toward achieving the best possible outcome.
Sex offense convictions usually result in sex offender registration, often for life. It’s important to have aggressive, prepared and experienced counsel when you face this possibility. Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney and don’t assume that there’s nothing you can do.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County sex crimes case.
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