Sex Offender Closer To Being Declared Sexually Violent Predator

SANTA ANA (CBS) — An Orange County judge has ruled that there is enough evidence to keep a convicted child sex offender in custody and for prosecutors to continue in their effort to have him declared a sexually violent predator.

If a jury rules Lawrence Joseph Brown is too dangerous to be released, he will be declared a sexually violent predator and will be held indefinitely in a mental health institution where psychiatric experts will attempt to rehabilitate him.

Fifty-two-year-old Brown’s parole was revoked Dec. 22. Monday’s ruling gave jurisdiction over Brown to Orange County authorities, so he will now be held in an area jail while prosecutors seek to prove he is a sexually violent predator who is likely to sexually attack more children if he is free.

In Brown’s case, his main mental disorder is pedophilia, Deputy District Attorney Heather Brown said.

Brown had served 25 years of a 49-year sentence for sexually assaulting two girls, aged 7 and 8, in Santa Ana in 1983.

Orange County prosecutors almost lost any chance to seek the petition for Brown when a deputy warden at the California Institution for Men in Chino ordered him released Nov. 17. But when Brown violated parole by letting his girlfriend pick him up from prison, he was taken back into custody and it allowed prosecutors time to seek the sexually violent predator petition.

Brown abducted an 8-year-old girl playing hide-and-seek with her friends near her Santa Ana home on April 19, 1983, and forced her to orally copulate him before raping her.

On Oct. 5 that same year, Brown abducted a 7-year-old girl as she walked to school in Santa Ana. He dragged the youngster, a recent immigrant from Cambodia, into his red van where he raped her and forced her to orally copulate him.

Brown threatened the girl with a knife and drove her to a cemetery and told her she would be buried there if she told anyone.

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  1. Sand says:

    Look! It’s the Child Molestor Moustache!

    1. bugman says:

      cops and fire dept have the same stache, whats the beef?

  2. Will says:

    Why was it a violation of his parole for his girlfriend to pick him up from prison? That seems better than him taking a bus or walking … at least he would be less likely to encounter children.

  3. scott says:

    Don’t they have to charge him with a crime within 72 hours, under the Habeas Corpus law guaranteed by the Constitution, if they’re going to hold him against his will???….did they arrest him for a new crime?…granted, he’s a sick individual, and probably belongs in jail, but what happened to due process??…is our Constitution still valid?????

    1. TheTruth323 says:

      Really Scott? This p.o.s. violated his parole, do you know anything about how the parole system works? It means the authorities have the right to roust this guy whenever they want to and sense he violated, its back to the hole. Hopefully they get what they are seeking and he never sees the light of day again.

    2. DON says:

      Legally his sentence is not up until 2032, at which time his 49 year sentence will be served in full. At that time he can leave a free man. You become eligible for parole and you case is reviewed. If you are seen to be “rehabilitated” they will release you on parole. Durning a parolle hearing victims thier family and others involved in the original case may also state thier concerns with the release of the inmate. If either of the girls would even raise thier hand he will serve his full term. An example you may be familer with is the Charles Manson case. He is up for a parolle hearing every year but because of the nature of his crimes he will serve his full sentence “life in prision”. So Mr Brown is getting his “due process”

  4. mary says:

    What the hell now are we all attorneys with this 72 hours and the girlfriend picking him up… he is dangerous to society and that is enough to keep him there… I would not want him around schools,parks,malls,supermarket,restaurants, I think you get the point.. Constitution rights what rights he lost it when he raped the children..get over it. wanna be attorneys.

    1. scott says:

      No, Mary, unfortunately you’re wrong…..he did not lose his basic Constitutional rights when he was convicted of those absolutely horrible & abhorrent crimes…he lost some, but not all…..I don’t want him anywhere near kids, any more than you do…Habeas Corpus is guaranteed by the Constitution…..would you want to be held indefinitely, without charge, because some judge seeking higher office says you’re a danger to society????…please explain to me how having your girlfriend (if she’s 18 or older) pick you up from prison is a parole violation……

  5. krg says:

    From a previous article:

    “We had investigators following him, and he was in a car with a woman,” a violation of a stipulation of his parole, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas told The Associated Press in a phone interview.

    That’s what was wrong with it. And he’s been charged with violating parole, so no, they are not violating his rights.

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