Like cops, soldiers and morticians, journalists use gallows humor to deal with the horrific human events they cover. So, when, say, there are a rash of newsworthy deaths, an ink-stained wretch will say of the no more, "They're dying to get into the paper." Homeless sex offender Curtis Michael Regulus is aching for coverage as well. Last week, he was sentenced to two years in state prison for rubbing his crotch up against a 14-year-old girl on a bus, but he was kicked loose early for time served in jail since June 24, 2010. Guess what? The six-time inappropriate-touching convictee is back behind bars.
But at least he's posing for better mugshots this time:
Compare that to his previous one, which would take our ugliest police mugshot of the week had Moxley not already found an uglier one:
On June 19, 2010, the teenage girl hopped on a bus in Placentia to visit her grandmother. That's when Regulus tried to rub one out on her. The 40-year-old pleaded guilty March 20 to two felony counts of lewd acts upon a 14-year-old child and one felony count of assault with the intent to commit a sexual offense. Regulus was released from jail around 11:40 p.m. that same night, according to Orange County Sheriff's Department records.
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Eight days later, a Costa Mesa Police officer was responding to an unrelated call when he saw Regulus sitting near the entrance to the public library in the Lions Park complex near 18th Street and Park Avenue. He recognized the homeless sex offender from Regulus' many brushes with the law. The officer also knew, having spoken with Regulus' parole officer, that he was not allowed to enter or loiter within prescribed distances of parks, playgrounds and swimming pools, among other locations, as per his parole.
After taking care of the call that brought him to the park, the officer approached Regulus, who was still sitting within the perimeter of the Lions Park complex. A state parole officer was also contacted, and it was confirmed Regulus loitering in that area was a parole violation, according to Costa Mesa Police Lt. Paul Dondero.
Regulus, who was booked into the city jail on suspicion of violating parole, is being held without bail.