A man who fled Thousand Oaks in 2000 has been captured in Maryland. The man faced sex crimes charges in Thousand Oaks, but fled while on bail.
Thousand Oaks authorities arrested the suspect in 1999 for inappropriate contact with five girls under the age of 12. Police officers arrested the man, and a judge gave him a bail of $250,000. He attended his preliminary hearing, where the judge bound him over for trial. A month later, he fled the area.
Police believed that he had fled to his native country, El Salvador. Earlier this year, a tip suggested that the man was living in Maryland, under an assumed name. Police in Anne Arundel County arrested the fugitive in June. A judge authorized his extradition, so Thousand Oaks officers traveled to Maryland to extradite the subject back to Ventura County. He faces 16 felony counts, including 15 sex crimes charges and failure to appear on bail. The suspect remains jailed without bail in the Ventura County Jail. He will return to court on July 26 on matters related to the case.
Thousand Oaks sex crimes lawyer
When you face sexual offense charges in Ventura County, hire an experienced sex crimes lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in courtroom criminal defense. He takes sex offense cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.
Convictions for sex offenses aren’t like other crimes. Following conviction, most sex offenders are required to register with the state, often for life. This registration requirement often keeps offenders mired in their criminal history. Registration can govern where offenders live and work. As a result, former offenders can’t find suitable work or housing, even when they don’t pose a danger of re-offending.
When you face sex crimes charges, hire an attorney who will fight aggressively for you in court. 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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