LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Residents in a quiet Torrance neighborhood on Thursday were stunned to learn that a convicted sex offender just released from prison admitted he may not be able to control himself.

KNX 1070’s Jon Baird reports police have been out warning people in the area near Sepulveda and Maple that 58-year-old Ronald Lee Smith will soon be one of their neighbors.

Smith has been convicted in two molestation cases: one in 1997 involving a 9-year-old girl in Sacramento, and the other in 2001 when he was convicted in Missouri of molesting a 4-year-old girl.

ronald lee smith Freed Sex Offender Not Sure He Can Resist; Torrance Parents Outraged

Ronald Lee Smith (courtesy Torrance Police Dept.)

Both victims were children of acquaintances of Smith, police said.

Smith, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison in Missouri, according to court records, will remain on federal probation until 2021, police said.

Smith reportedly told Torrance police when he registered with them that he doesn’t know if “he can resist” the urge to molest kids again.

“This man should spend the rest of his life in jail,” said one resident.

Police described Smith as white, 5 feet 11 inches tall, and weighing 150 pounds, with gray hair, hazel eyes and a scar on his right forearm.

“It scares me,” said another concerned mom. “I have two kids, and they like to walk to the store.”

“That won’t be happening anymore.”

Comments (27)
  1. Janis A. Whitford says:

    What is wrong with the system? apparently alot!!!

    1. Duh! says:

      How so????
      He was given a 10 year sentence in 2001. He served his 10 year sentence. So what is wrong?

      Unless you are saying that we should now lock people up for their thoughts and not their actions.

      1. Duh's a moron says:

        He should be castrated then allowed to live in our neighborhoods! ….. I’m talking about DUH!

      2. uFools says:

        Think about it. He could use foreign objects to commit crimes. But then again lack of testosterone could eliminate his sexual desire. All I’m saying, consider the big picture before declaring someone to be an idiot.

  2. uFools says:

    The system is broken HOWEVER, be happy he informed the police.

  3. Really says:

    Exactly the reason why sex offenders should never be let out of prison. It’s a sickness that cannot be cured. And, for those child murderers, instant death.

  4. ozzy says:

    Just tie a sensor of some kind (GPS tracking devise) around this you know what or chop his Timber down or keep him locked up for good

  5. Ginger says:

    Maybe instead of spending money on operation pirate town that had little effect. Law enforcement should use that money to either rehabilitate inmates or hire more officers and have the walk the streets.

    1. Internal Exile says:

      Rehabilitation is an illusion. I am a registered sex offender and it is entirly up to the person to better him/herself. The first step is admitting there is a problem, then the state may assist in treatment. Not to say there is an effective treatment out there since law enforcment is there to do 1 thing and 1 thing only when concerned with sex offenders……. LOCK EM UP FOR LIFE

  6. lala63 says:

    Until there is a cure and /or medicine of some kind for these people … they should remain locked up. It’s not fair to kids.

  7. puro pedo says:

    cut this mf’s tool off!!!!!

  8. John Q. says:

    Can do this one of 2 ways…

    guillotine to the private parts of those convicted or death by the firing squad. None of this wussy lethal injection stuff.

  9. What the F..K says:

    Let this S-O-B live next door to the judge who sentence him to 10 years!!!!!

    1. Duh! says:

      That would require him to move to Missouri.

      He is on probation and would need permission from the Feds first.

      1. Cindy says:

        If he’s from missouri, what the hell is he doing here? this is definitely more than 50 miles away. who ever let him out should go back to prison with him when he strikes again

  10. Karin says:

    Easy solution-execute them. They cannot be cured, nor do most of them want to be. Why waste money or air on them?

  11. Coasty says:

    I am thankful that he registered. I am dismayed at the system we allow to continue. This man has said he doesn’t know if he can resist the urge…God help those who will live near him and God protect any/all children who may be around him at any time. This is our legal system because WE THE PEOPLE allow it.

  12. MADINLA says:


  13. ILLEGALS says:

    Sometimes people have no choice but to commit hideous crimes so they can go back to prison and not be homeless.

    1. Cindy says:

      then steal a slice of pizza or something. you get the same result

  14. TeaPAC says:

    If Bush were still President, this guy wouldn’t be on the streets. This new touchy-feely Obama era is to blame.

  15. adolfo says:

    These people cannot be reformed, in addition to life prison sentences, they should be castrated upon conviction. I swear if I were the father of any of his 2 victims I would be waiting for him as he is released from prison and he would wish he was never released!

    1. Cindy says:

      and that is exactly what will end up happening. by letting him out they are forcing someone else to become a crazed maniac. some one will end up killing him or the judge who let him out. you’ll see then the new murderer will be looked at as the crazy man for planning and plotting this whole thing. its set up that way. how do you think all these cops, parole officers, judges stay employed? by recruting there next victims. THIS WORLD IS COMING TO AN END!!!!

  16. Big Q says:

    Who would let him live with them in the first place, now cut hit thing? what everever it is OFF & send him back 2 JAIL sick M*****F******* big q

  17. Jeff says:

    This is a disease for which there is no cure, and no type of “rehabilitation” will fix these people. THE ONLY SOLUTION is castration, as cruel as it may sound. Ask yourself, what’s worse, surgically castrating these deviants or allowing another little girl to be violated and have her life ruined forever?

    WHY ISN’T THERE ANY LEGISLATION DEALING WITH CASTRATING THESE PEOPLE? Something tells me that if put to a vote, it would pass. How can we make this happen, what needs to be done?

    1. Cindy says:

      Jeff – are you referring to Population control? because, that obviously doesn’t work. it didn’t work with aids,legalizing abortion, the war, building all these prisons in california, come on, there is nothing we can do, we will never beat the system. they are not on our side they never will be. they are setting this up on purpose its like a game the government plays to see if they can make a murderer out of the families of the molested girls. all we can do is pray at this point. there is nothing left to do. this world SUCKS!!! I’m embarrassed to call myself an american. but, what are the other options? This really SUCKS!!

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