Saturday, June 12, 2010

Leonard Scroggins - Repeat Sex Offender - A Repeat Repeater

New details show the man who allegedly tried to abduct a 13-year-old girl at knifepoint has quite a history of violating parole.

Department of Corrections documents show convicted sex offender Leonard Scroggins in and out of prison. Back in the mid-90's he was sentenced to ten years for rape in Napa County. He served four and a half, but violated his parole twice; finally being released in 2003.

A couple of months later, Scroggins went back to prison after pleading guilty to a terrorist threat involving kidnapping and rape. He again violated parole, and was just released from prison this past March.

"This guy is the poster child for a broken corrections system," says State Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher.
Within days of getting out on parole earlier this year, Scroggins was already accused of fondling a young girl in Napa County. Months later he allegedly cuts off his GPS monitoring device and was on the run, but the public didn't know until he went on a crime spree in San Diego County.
"What I think that this demonstrates -- someone you can't fix. Someone you can't rehabilitate. In that case, we need to lock them up," Fletcher told San Diego 6.
But changing the existing system is expected to take time. To protect the public in the meantime, Fletcher says we should empower people with information, using resources we already have like electronic billboards. The billboards could be used to put out warnings similar to Amber Alerts but with a description of a sex offender who is acting up or taking off their GPS bracelet.
"The minute you know someone who is in danger -- is on the loose -- has removed their bracelet, I think you should notify everybody as fast as possible, " says Fletcher.

Law enforcement officers say new legislation would be required before an Amber Alert type system could be put in place for sex offenders.

Fletcher says he would like reverse 911 calls to be used to alert the public about misbehaving sex offenders as well.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

"On average most sex offenders are never caught again for a new sex offense, after five years, between 10 and 15 percent of sex offenders are detected, often convicted, of committing a new sex offense. If you follow them for ten years the rates go up somewhat, if you follow them as long as we’ve been able to follow them, which is about 20 years, the rates go up to somewhere between 30 to 40 percent of the total sample will eventually be caught for a new sex offense."
Dr. R. Karl Hansen

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