[UPDATED:] Lawrence Joseph Brown, Violent Rapist of Little Girls, to Be Freed--Pissing Off OC Cops and DA

Update, November 17, 7:30 p.m.: The Orange County District Attorney's Office has issued a statement tonight saying the woman coming forward to say she and a friend may have been victimized by Lawrence Joseph Brown in the 1970s prompted one of the four Department of Mental Health evaluators to change her opinion with the finding that Brown should be a Sexually Violent Predator. But what put him back behind bars was a minor violation of his parole, as you'll see in the OCDA statement after the jump . . .

Lawrence Jeffrey Brown today
Lawrence Jeffrey Brown today
Courtesy of the Orange County District Attorney's Office

November 17, 2010

UPDATES ON LAWRENCE BROWN

Based on the media coverage in this case and response by the community, the OCDA and Tustin Police learned of an adult woman early this morning who may have been a child victim of Brown in the late 1970s. An immediate investigation began.

As a  result of this potential new victim, one of the four evaluators from DMH has indicated she will change her opinion with the finding that Brown should be a Sexually Violent Predator
 
Beginning at approximately 2:30 p.m. today, the Department of Mental Health began faxing approximately 150 pages of evaluations to the Orange County District Attorney's Office (OCDA) regarding the DMH evaluations of Brown.
 
At approximately 3:30 p.m. this afternoon, DMH did send a letter stating the OCDA could independently review the evaluations and file a petition if the OCDA felt DMH evaluators had made a legal error.
 
The OCDA reviewed the documents and prepared a petition to present to the court.

The Department of Corrections placed a hold on Brown to keep him in Chino State Prison until 11:59 p.m.

Deputy Warden Richard Alvarado from Chino State Prison overruled that hold, and Brown was released from prison sometime between 4:30 and 5 p.m.
 
During the time that Brown was being released, the OCDA was attempting to file the petition in court regarding the a legal error by DMH
 
As the inmate had already been released, the petition was no longer valid.

As a term of Brown's parole, he was prohibited from riding in any vehicle with any female. He was also ordered to report immediately to his parole agent upon release.
 
Teams of OCDA Investigators, Tustin Police Department officers, and Parole agents had pre-prepared a plan to follow Brown upon his release and monitor him 24 hours a day until he checked in with his parole agent
 
OCDA Investigators followed Brown upon his release at approximately 5 p.m. and determined that Brown was in violation of his parole by riding in a vehicle with Ruby Huggler, the Tustin woman with whom he previously stayed during his brief parole in April 2010
 
At approximately 5:29 p.m. today, OCDA Investigators and Tustin police officers performed a traffic stop of the inmate's vehicle and took him in to custody for violating his parole.

Brown is currently being transported back to Chino State Prison for the parole violation.

With the new finding by the fourth evaluator, the OCDA now has three "positive" evaluations, allowing the OCDA to file an SVP petition.

 
Update, November 17, 6:50 p.m.: Chasen Marshall reports from the media circus outside of the Tustin home Brown was supposedly set to return to today--he speaks with some rattled parents and concerned residents

Update, November 17, 6:25 p.m.: A new victim has come forward.

Lawrence Jeffrey Brown is back in jail tonight due to violation of his parole. Another female victim has come forward, who recognized the photograph of Brown as someone who had not only preyed on her but also a friend in the late 1970s.

Upcoming Events

Update, November 17, 6 p.m.: Lawrence Joseph Brown will not be released today due to unspecified violation of parole. More details to come.

Update, November 17, 2:40 p.m.: "Sickened Citizen" just posted the following comment about the impending release from prison of convicted little girl raper Lawrence Joseph Brown: "This guy is going to be located at 13071 Red Hill in Tustin. There are a ton of people there now. It's packed with police and new agencies."

The blog responder also provided a just-released community alert from the Tustin Police Department.

"Brown will register as a transient in Santa Ana, Irvine or Tustin. When he meets with his Parole Officer, he will specify the area he will stay in. Brown is likely to frequent the home located at 13071 Red Hill in Tustin. As a condition of his parole, Brown is not allowed to be at this locatin during school hours and he is not allowed to own or possess a van, SUV or similar vehicle."

Here is a link to the alert.

"Sickened Citizen" ends by asking, "Don't you all feel so much safer now? What a joke."

Update, November 17, 10:30 a.m.: The Orange County District Attorney's Office announced this morning that Brown will be released into the local community before the end of the business day today.

Authorities say Brown, who they believe will hurt another child, will be released to Irvine, Tustin or Santa Ana today. The KTLA Morning News reported today that the Tustin home of Brown's supposed girlfriend is among the places the predator could land.

Cops and the DA blasted the state's Department of Mental Health for not designating Brown a sexual violent predator, which would have kept him committed in a psychiatric hospital once he was finished with his sentence.

The latest from the DA follows:

Lawrence Joseph Brown, 52

WHEN: Today, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010, before the close of business

WHAT: Will be released from Chino State Prison today. He is required to report to his parole agent by Friday, Nov. 19, 2010. Brown is expected to return to Orange County upon his release, but his city of residence will not be determined until he registers with a police department no later than five business days from the date of release.

Brown is a violent, convicted sex offender who has served 25 years of a 49-year sentence for brutally sexually assaulting two young girls after kidnapping them in broad daylight. The Department of Mental Health has failed to submit a Request to File a Petition to the Orange County District Attorney's Office (OCDA), making it legally impossible for the OCDA to file a Sexually Violent Predator petition to have Brown civilly committed.


Original item, November 16: Local law enforcement, led by the District Attorney's Office, is hopping mad that 52-year-old Lawrence Joseph Brown is scheduled to be released to Orange County from Chino State Prison tomorrow after serving 25 years of a 49-year sentence for brutally raping two young girls after kidnapping them in broad daylight.

"Please help me spread the word to everyone in California that a few unelected, unreviewable, anonymous bureaucrats and psychologists have decided that starting November 17, a dangerous, violent sex offender will be a free man to walk the streets of Orange County and prey upon our children," DA Tony Rackauckas said at a press conference today.

T-Rack was accompanied by state Sen. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana), Tustin Police Chief Scott Jordan and Santa Ana Police Chief Paul Walters.

Early in the evening of April 19, 1983, Brown abducted an 8-year-old girl who was playing hide-and-seek near her Santa Ana home with friends. Then 24, 5 feet 11 and 205 pounds, Brown pulled his 57-pound victim into his red van as she kicked and screamed to get away. He then drove her to an unknown location, parked the van and forced her to orally copulate him before removing her underwear and raping her. He left semen on her clothing before driving her to a parking lot and dumping her off, telling her to go home and warning that he would return and hurt her if she told anyone what happened.

The assault prompted the Santa Ana Police Department to launch a massive search for the unknown predator and investigate more than 100 red vans as possible leads. Then, at about 7:45 a.m. on Oct. 5, 1983, Brown kidnapped a 7-year-old girl walking to school in Santa Ana. He approached the 34-pound immigrant from Cambodia, picked her up, covered her screaming mouth and nose with his hands and stuffed her in his red van. He drove her to a cemetery, opening the door wide enough for her to see as he told her he'd kill her and bury her with other children there who had not listened to him.

After driving around for awhile, Brown eventually stopped, pulled the girl to the back of the van with him and through threats to her, her family and with a knife to her chest, slapped her, ordered her to strip, rubbed her chest and crotch and began to rape her. But her small size frustrated him, so he forcibly sodomized her as she cried. He then forced his penis in her mouth and ejaculated, causing her to vomit. He dumped her off near a market, again threatening to kill her and her family if she told anyone what happened.

Brown was eventually caught when his red van was recognized as being the one used in the crimes.

After the jump, read the full Rackauckas statement and his agency's release on the freeing of Brown, in English and Spanish.
 

Remarks by District Attorney Tony Rackauckas
Release of Lawrence Brown
November 16, 2010

Thank you for coming. I have with me today Senator Lou Correa, Tustin Police Chief Scott Jordan, and Santa Ana Police Chief Paul Walters. You'll have an opportunity to hear from them shortly. Please help me spread the word to everyone in California that a few unelected, unreviewable, anonymous bureaucrats and psychologists have decided that starting November 17, a dangerous, violent sex offender will be a free man to walk the streets of Orange County and prey upon our children.

This case deserves public outrage and we need to work together to change this system that is incomprehensibly endangering our community. I will be discussing who this predator is, how the Department of Mental Health and their so-called mental evaluators are failing every Californian, and what we are doing to fix this broken system.

I'll warn you in advance that what I'm about to describe is extremely graphic and disturbing, but I can't afford to sanitize the crimes committed by this predator. Meet Lawrence Brown - the boogie man of every child and their parents' worst nightmare.

Back in 1985, Brown was convicted of two counts of kidnapping and five counts of forcible child molestation. The jury also found that he kidnapped two little girls for the purpose of molesting them and that he used a deadly weapon and inflicted great bodily injury on his second victim.

On an early spring evening in 1983, Jane Doe #1 was playing hide-and-seek with her friends in the neighborhood. Brown was 24 years old, 5 feet 11 inches tall, and weighed over 200 pounds. 

This monster pulled the 8-year-old, 57 pound little girl into his red van as she bravely tried to fight him off by kicking and screaming. He threatened to hurt her, forced her to orally copulate him, violently raped her, and drove her some distance before letting her out of the van. He terrified her by reminding her that he would come back and hurt her if she told anyone. The police found semen on her clothing.  DNA technology, of course, had not yet been invented.

With the descriptions provided by this brave little girl, police began a massive search for this deviant. There was extensive media coverage at the time. You would think that a person would go into hiding with all of Orange County looking for him. Undeterred, this predator went on the hunt again only five months later. This time, he was even more brutal and more violent. 

October 5th, 1983. Brown's new prey -- a 34-pound, 7-year-old Jane Doe #2, an immigrant from Cambodia -- was walking to school shortly before 8:00 a.m. Brown forcibly pulled her off the street and put her in his red van while she screamed "Go to school! Go to school!" He later parked his van, dragged her into the back, and threatened to kill her by cutting her body into little pieces while holding a knife to her chest. Brown showed her how serious he was by showing her bloody clothing and an even larger knife. He drove her to a cemetery where he threatened that she would be buried, along with his other victims, if she disobeyed him.

He sexually and violently assaulted Jane Doe #2, including forcing her to orally copulate him and repeatedly sodomizing her because she was too tiny to rape. The abuse continued until she vomited on the carpet. Brown discarded her on a street corner after repeating his threats. The terrified, crying victim was lost and wandered for awhile. She stood next to a market until a passer-by stopped and called the police. 

For these crimes, Brown was sentenced to 49 years in prison in 1985. With 50 percent custody credits, he is now eligible for parole. If Brown were convicted today for these acts, he would have received over 300 years to life in state prison.

As a former judge and the District Attorney, I can tell you that the most dangerous criminals in my experience are the ones who refuse to take responsibility, show remorse, or acknowledge their victims' pain. To this day, Brown continues to lie by insisting that he did not commit these crimes. Our Office has already given Brown every possible benefit of the doubt.

In March of last year, Brown filed a Project Innocence request with our Office. Even though the jury convicted Brown with overwhelming evidence in the form of eyewitness testimony, statements made by him at the time of his arrest, and forensic technology available at that time, we agreed to re-examine the items from the rape kits.  Many items were degraded and not in a condition to be forensically examined, but the sperm found on Jane Doe #2's underwear matches Brown's DNA.

Free to roam our streets, this monster is a ticking time-bomb. Remember the Samantha Runnion case? 

Alejandro Avila refused to admit that he molested three girls from Riverside and was acquitted by a jury. Avila kidnapped 5-year-old Samantha, carried her off kicking and screaming, sexually assaulted her, murdered her, and discarded her tortured young body.

Isn't it only logical that Brown knows he can never again be caught violently kidnapping and sodomizing a young girl, and next time he will murder his victim so he doesn't return to prison?  What does Brown's next victim look like?" 

What if serial murderer, Rodney Alcala, hadn't been free from prison after kidnapping and violently sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl?  Can we afford to wonder "what if" after Brown is freed to the streets?  Whose child are we risking? What is it that these PhD types think they know that we don't? Why do they continue to hide behind their "confidentiality" and take chances with our children's lives?  

Knowing how dangerous Brown is, we have been ready and waiting to file a petition under the Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) law to keep him in a mental institution upon completing his criminal sentence.

The last time I spoke to all of you about how damaged these SVP laws are was when we did the press conference on convicted serial child molester George England. Do you remember how egregious that case was?

Since there is no formal mechanism to keep track of deviant inmates such as Brown, we have been on our own keeping tabs with the Department of Corrections to monitor Brown's parole date. In order for us to file a petition under the law, two independent evaluators from the Department of Mental Health must first determine whether the inmate meets the criteria of an SVP.

If both evaluators opine that he meets the criteria, the case is forwarded to the OCDA for review and filing of a petition. If there is a difference of opinion, two more evaluators are assigned the case and must agree that the inmate meets the criteria before forwarding the case to the OCDA to file an SVP petition. The evaluators in Brown's case have apparently and incomprehensibly determined that he does not meet the criteria of an SVP.

It's hard to imagine what facts could lead to this determination, unless the sole basis of analysis is that Brown has not violently kidnapped and sodomized any other little girls while in prison for the last 25 years. 

Is the public okay with the fact that even though there is no prohibition under the law, the Department of Mental Health refuses to allow prosecutors to provide relevant information to these "Ph.D. types" who deem these sexual predators like Brown safe to be released into our community? 

Is the public okay with the fact that, unless the Department of Mental Health forwards a recommendation, the OCDA is legally prohibited from filing an SVP petition against Brown to keep him off our streets?

As the District Attorney, a citizen and father, I say it is absolutely unacceptable. Is this acceptable to you?

The Department of Mental Health conduct their sessions in secret; we have no right to review or appeal their nonsensical decisions, no ability to present relevant information, no indication that they bothered to review the information we carefully provided to them.
You would expect these types of secretive practices in North Korea, not here.   

This is the height of arrogance, arbitrariness, and absolute failure to protect the public.   It is hard to comprehend how anyone with any common sense, or sense of compassion, could opine that Lawrence Brown no longer poses a continued, serious danger to the community. To make matters worse, even despite our monitoring, we have learned that the inmate was paroled from prison for a short time in April of this year.

Due to the level of perversion and violence exhibited by Brown and our grave concerns for public safety, our Office consistently made inquiries to the Department of Mental Health regarding his pending release date to ensure that we had the opportunity to provide them with materials relevant to any SVP assessment.

We were originally informed that Brown would be eligible for parole in April of 2011. We continued to monitor his release date and recently learned it has been changed to early October 2010.

After being convinced that the materials sent by my Office were being ignored, I sent a letter to the Department on August 5, 2010, which contained the inmate's Project Innocence materials and other relevant information. No call back. We made several calls to them, receiving cryptic responses and excuses. We cannot even find out if these materials have been reviewed or forwarded to anyone at the Department of Health or that an SVP evaluation was completed on Brown.

In September, I learned that from April 27, 2010, to May 6, 2010, the inmate was paroled without the statutory notice to the victims or warning to our Office and the local police departments. The inmate was paroled to live with his girlfriend in a residential neighborhood on Red Hill just 350 yards from a school.  The absurdness of how this happened is another conversation entirely.

In Brown's 10 days of freedom -- he became a transient and failed to charge his sex offender GPS - ultimately getting sent back to prison for violating his parole. Finally, only after our continued inquiries they evaluated this inmate . and mysteriously, he is safe to return to our community. Our community can't afford to be exposed to this type of danger.  We are going to use every weapon in our legal arsenal to ensure Brown does not hurt any more people.

Senator Correa and I are in the process of drafting legislation to reform this area of law.  At a minimum, the law would require the Department of Mental Health to obtain and review all relevant records from the original prosecuting District Attorney's office and the office with jurisdiction where an inmate would be paroled when conducting SVP evaluations.

The Department would be required to notify these relevant agencies if there is a negative finding to provide us an opportunity to review their evaluation and appeal. They would be required to present us with all hospital and evaluation records for our review to ensure there is a system of checks and balances. I am also urging the public to call and write the Governor and the Secretary of Department of Mental Health.

For more information, the public can log onto the home page of www.orangecountyda.com. I have listed the contact information and the sample letter that the public can download and send in addition to your own concerns.

Please help me keep Lawrence Brown locked up and off our streets.  Please help me change the law, so that the Department of Mental Health will be accountable to the public.
___________________________________________________________

Declaraciones del Fiscal del Condado de Orange Tony Rackauckas
Advertencia de la Liberación de Lawrence Brown
16 de noviembre, 2010

Gracias por venir. Tengo aquí conmigo hoy Senador Estatal Lou Correa, el Jefe de Policía de Tustin Scott Jordan, y el Jefe de Policía de Santa Ana Paul Walters. Tendrán la oportunidad de oír de ellos pronto.  Por favor ayúdeme a llevar el mensaje a todos en California que algunos burócratas y psicólogos anónimos que no fueron elegidos por el público, han decidido que comenzando el 17 de noviembre, un abusador sexual y violento será un hombre libre capaz de caminar las calles del Condado de Orange y aprovecharse de nuestros jóvenes. Este caso merece la indignación del público y necesitamos trabajar juntos para cambiar el sistema que incomprensivamente pone a nuestra comunidad en peligro. Discutiré quien es este predador, como el Departamento de Salud Mental y sus evaluadores mentales supuestos están fallando a cada californiano, y lo que estamos haciendo para reparar este sistema quebrado.

Primero les advierto que lo que estoy a punto de describir es extremadamente gráfico y preocupante, pero no puedo permitirme esterilizar los crímenes cometido por este predador. Conozcan a Lawrence Brown - el monstro de la peor pesadilla de cada padre e hijo.

En 1985, Brown fue encontrado culpable por un jurado de dos delitos graves por secuestro y cinco delitos graves por crímenes de sexo forzado contra un menor de edad. El jurado también encontró a Brown culpable de alegaciones adicionales por secuestro de las dos niñas con el propósito de violarlas, y uso de un arma mortal e infligir gran daño corporal a su segunda víctima.

Al comienzo de la tarde en la primavera del 1983, Brown secuestró a Víctima #1, de 8 años de edad, mientras ella jugaba a escondidas cerca de su casa con sus amigos. El reo de 5 pies 11 pulgadas tenía 24 años de edad, y pesaba más de 200 libras.

Este monstro forzó a la pequeña de ocho años de edad, quien pesaba solo 57 libras, dentro su van rojo mientras que ella pateaba y gritaba para alejarse. Le dijo que él le iba a lastimar, la forzó a que lo copulara oralmente antes de quitarle su ropa interior y violarla violentamente, y después la llevo en su van a un estacionamiento lejos antes de dejarla ir. La asusto diciéndole que él iba a regresar para causarle daño si ella reportaba el asalto sexual. La policía encontró semen sobre la ropa de la víctima. La tecnología de ADN, obviamente, todavía no había sido inventada.

Con las descripciones que dio la pequeña valiente, la policía comenzó una búsqueda masiva de este abusador sexual. En ese entonces, la prensa reporto el caso extensivamente. Usted pensaría que una persona se escondería mientras todo el Condado de Orange lo buscaba. Sin miedo, este predador otra vez salió a cazar solo cinco meses después. Esta vez, él fue más brutal y más violento.

El 5 de octubre, 1983, la nueva víctima de Brown - Víctima #2, de 7 años de edad, quien pesaba solo 34 libras, era inmigrante de Cambodia - ella caminaba hacia su colegio un poco antes de las 8:00 de la mañana. Brown se acerco a la víctima en la calle, la agarró a fuerza, y la  metió en su van rojo mientras ella gritaba, "Voy al colegio! Voy al colegio!" Él después estaciono su van y arrastro a la víctima a la parte posterior del van, y la amenazó con un cuchillo al pecho y le dijo que la iba a matar al cortarla en pedacitos. Brown le demostró lo serio que era al enseñarle ropa manchada de sangre, y un cuchillo más grande. Él la llevo en su van a un cementerio y la amenazo que si ella no obedecía a lo que él le decía, la iba a matar y enterrar en el cementerio con todos los otros niños que no obedecieron.

Él abuso sexualmente y violentamente a la Víctima #2, incluyendo que lo copule oralmente y repetidamente la sodomizo porque era muy pequeña para violar. El abuso continuo hasta que ella vomito sobre la alfombra. Brown la empujo fuera del van a la calle después de repetidamente amenazarla. La víctima, perdida, aterrorizada, y llorando, camino hacia un mercado cercano donde un adulto la encontró y llamo a la policía.

Por estos crímenes, Brown fue sentenciado a 49 años en prisión en 1985. Como él recibió crédito teniendo que servir solo 50 por ciento de su sentencia, ahora es elegible para libertad condicional. Si Brown fuese sentenciado hoy por los mismos delitos, el hubiera recibido una sentencia de más de 300 años hasta cadena perpetua en prisión estatal. Como alguien que fue juez y ahora el Fiscal del Condado, les puedo decir que los criminales más peligrosos, en mi experiencia, son los que niegan tomar responsabilidad, no demuestran remordimiento, ni reconocen el dolor de sus victimas. Hasta hoy, Brown continua de mentir al insistir que el no cometió estos crímenes. Nuestra Oficina ya le dio a Brown el beneficio de una duda.

En marzo del año anterior, Brown registró una petición de Proyecto Inocencia con nuestra Oficina. A pesar de que un jurado condenó a Brown con evidencia aplastante en forma de testimonio de testigos, declaraciones hechas por él cuando fue arrestado, y tecnología forense disponible en ese entonces, nosotros acordamos re-examinar los artículos de los kits de las violaciones usando tecnología de ADN. Muchos de los artículos en evidencia estaban degradados y no pudieron ser examinados en forense, pero, el ADN de Brown fue positivamente identificado del eyaculo que se recupero de la ropa interior de Víctima #2.

Libre para caminar las calles, este monstro es una bomba de relojería ¿Se acuerdan del caso de Samantha Runnion?

Alejandro Avila negó admitir que el molesto a tres niñas de la ciudad de Riverside y fue absuelto por un jurado. Avila secuestro a Samantha, de 5 años de edad, se la llevo mientras ella pateaba y gritaba, la abuso sexualmente, la mato, y se desecho de su cuerpo torturado. ¿No sería lógico que la próxima vez el puede matar a su víctima para que no tenga que regresar a prisión? Cuál será la imagen de su próxima víctima?

¿Y que si el asesino en-serie, Rodney Alcala, no hubiese sido liberado de prisión después de secuestrar y abusar sexualmente a una niña de 12 años de edad? Podemos permitir preguntarnos "y que si" después de que lo liberen a Brown a las calles? A cual niño estamos arriesgando?

¿Que piensan que saben estos tipos con un doctorado que nosotros no sabemos? Porque siguen escondiéndose detrás de sus etiquetas "confidencial" y tomar riesgos con las vidas de nuestros hijos? Sabiendo lo peligroso que es Brown, nos preparamos y esperamos registrar una petición bajo la ley de Predador Violento Sexual (SVP) para mantenerlo en una institución mental después de que complete su sentencia criminal. La última vez que yo hable con ustedes de lo mal que están estas leyes de SVP fue cuando tuvimos una conferencia de prensa sobre el condenado abusador en-serie de jóvenes, George England ¿Se acuerdan de lo egregio que fue ese caso?

Dado a que no hay un mecanismo formal para estar al tanto de reos como Brown, hemos estado personalmente al tanto supervisando las fechas de libertad condicional de Brown con el Departamento de Correcciones. Para nosotros registrar una petición bajo la ley, dos evaluadores independientes del Departamento de Salud Mental (DMH) deben primero determinar si el reo cumple los criterios de un SVP.

Si los dos evaluadores opinan que él satisface el criterio, el caso de ahí va la Oficina del Fiscal para ser revisado y registrar una petición. Si hay una diferencia de opinión, dos evaluadores más son asignados al caso y deben estar de acuerdo que el reo satisface el criterio antes de mandar el caso al OCDA para registrar una petición SVP. En el caso de Brown, los dos evaluadores aperientemente e incomprensiblemente determinaron que él no satisface el criterio de un SVP.

Es duro imaginarse los hechos que llegaron a esta determinación, a menos que la única base del análisis sea que Brown no ha secuestrado y no ha sodomizado violentamente a otras niñas mientras en prisión por los últimos 25 años.

¿El público está satisfecho con el hecho que aunque no hay ninguna prohibición bajo la ley, el Departamento de Salud Mental se niega permitir a fiscal asistentes dar información relevante a los tipos con doctorados, quienes juzgan predadores como Brown seguros para ser liberados a la comunidad?

¿El público está satisfecho con el hecho, que, a menos que el Departamento de Salud Mental remita una recomendación, el OCDA esta legalmente prohibido de registrar una petición SVP contra Brown para mantenerlo de nuestras calles?

Como el Fiscal del Condado, un ciudadano y padre, yo digo que esto no es aceptable para nada. ¿Esto es aceptable para ustedes?

El Departamento de Salud Mental conduce sus sesiones en secreto; no tenemos el derecho de repasar o de apelar sus decisiones absurdas, ninguna capacidad de presentar la información relevante, ninguna indicación que incomodaron repasar la información que les proporcionamos cuidadosamente. Se espera estas prácticas tipo secretas de Corea del Norte, no aquí.

Alcanzamos lo más arrogante, arbitrario, y una falta absoluta de proteger al publico. Es difícil comprender como alguien con sentido común, o compasión, puede opinar que Lawrence Brown ya no es un riesgo serio y peligroso para la comunidad. Para empeorar la situación, aunque estuvimos al tanto, aprendimos que el reo fue liberado de prisión con libertad condicional por un tiempo corto en abril de este ano.

Dado el nivel perverso y violento exhibido por Brown y nuestra preocupación por la seguridad del público, nuestra Oficina consistentemente se comunico con el Departamento de Salud Mental preguntando saber la fecha de liberación para asegurarnos la oportunidad de poder mandar materiales relevantes sobre la evaluación SVP. Originalmente nos informaron que Brown iba ser elegible para libertad condicional en abril del 2011. Continuamos de vigilar la fecha de libertad y recientemente nos enteramos que cambiaron la fecha para temprano en octubre del 2010.

Después de ser convencidos de que ignoraron los materiales enviados por mi Oficina, yo mande una carta al Departamento el 5 de agosto del 2010, cual contuvo los materiales del Proyecto de Inocencia del reo y otra información relevante. No recibí ninguna llamada. Los llamamos varias veces, recibiendo solo respuestas y excusas cripticas. No podemos incluso descubrir si los materiales fueron revisados o repasados a alguien en el Departamento de Salud o si se completo una evaluación SVP de Brown.

En septiembre, me entere que entre el 27 de abril del 2010, hasta el 6 de mayo del 2010, el reo estuvo libre bajo libertad condicional sin aviso estatuario a las víctimas o advertencia a nuestra Oficina y los departamentos de policía locales. El reo, bajo libertad condicional, se fue a vivir con su novia en una vecindad residencial, en la calle Red Hill, solo 350 yardas de una escuela. Lo absurdo de cómo esto paso es otra conversación entera.

En los 10 días de ser libre - Brown se encontró sin vivienda y fallo de cargar la batería de su GPS para predadores sexuales - últimamente fue regresado a prisión por violar su libertad condicional. A finales, solo después de que pedimos información repetidamente es que evaluaron al reo. y misteriosamente, el no pose riesgo y puede regresar a nuestra comunidad. Nuestra comunidad no puede permitir ser expuesto a este tipo de peligro. Vamos a utilizar todas las armas un nuestro arsenal legal para asegurarnos que Brown no lastima a nadie más.

El Senador Estatal Correa y yo estamos en el proceso de redactar un anteproyecto de ley para reformar esta área de la ley.

Al mínimo, la ley requiere que el Departamento de Salud Mental obtenga y revise todos los expedientes relevantes del caso original del Fiscal del Condado y la oficina con la jurisdicción en donde el reo será liberado bajo libertad condicional al conducir evaluaciones SVP.

Se requiere que el Departamento notifique las agencias relevantes si se descubre algo negativo para darnos la oportunidad de repasar la evaluación y apelar. Serian requeridos de presentarnos con los expedientes del hospital y evaluaciones para revisarlo y asegurarnos que hay controles y equilibrios en el sistema.

También le urjo al público a que se comunique con el Gobernador y la Secretaria del Departamento de Salud Mental. Para obtener más información, el público puede visitar la página de nuestro site www.orangecountyda.com donde está disponible la información de contactos y una carta de muestra para que el público pueda usarla y mandarla además de sus propias preocupaciones.

Por favor ayúdeme a mantener a Lawrence Brown encarcelado y fuera de las calles. Por favor ayúdeme en cambiar las leyes, para que el Departamento de Salud Mental sea responsable ante el público.


 

November 16, 2010

LAW ENFORCEMENT WARNS PUBLIC OF PENDING RELEASE OF VIOLENT SEX OFFENDER CONVICTED OF KIDNAPPING AND BRUTALLY SEXUALLY ASSAULTING TWO 7 AND 8-YEAR-OLD GIRLS

SANTA ANA - Orange County law enforcement are warning the public that a violent, convicted sex offender is scheduled to be released on parole in Orange County after serving 25 years of a 49-year sentence for brutally sexually assaulting two young girls after kidnapping them in broad daylight.

Lawrence Joseph Brown, 52, is scheduled to be released to Orange County from Chino State Prison on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010. Despite repeated, persistent efforts by the Orange County District Attorney's Office (OCDA) to have Brown evaluated as a Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) in order to have him civilly committed, the Department of Mental Health (DMH) has failed to take the proper steps to protect the community by submitting a Request to File a Petition, which is required by law in order for the OCDA to legally file an SVP petition.

In order for the OCDA to file an SVP petition to have Brown civilly committed upon completing his criminal sentence, two independent evaluators from DMH must first determine whether the inmate meets the criteria of an SVP. There are three criteria that must be met in order to designate a person as SVP. First, the defendant must have committed at least one sexually violent offense.  Second, he/she must be diagnosed with a mental disorder.  Finally, it must be found that he/she is likely to re-offend unless he/she is held in custody and treated.  DMH has failed to submit the necessary request and accompanying documentation, making it legally impossible for the OCDA to file an SVP petition against him.

"A dangerous, violent sex offender will be a free man to walk the streets of Orange County and prey upon our children. Lawrence Brown - the boogie man of every child and parents' worst nightmare. Our community can't afford to be exposed to this type of danger," stated Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas.

Crimes against Jane Doe #1
Early in the evening on April 19, 1983, Brown abducted 8-year-old Jane Doe #1 while she was playing hide-and-seek near her home with friends. The inmate was 24 years old, 5 feet 11 inches, and weighed 205 pounds. His victim weighed 57 pounds. Brown pulled her in to his red van as she kicked and screamed to get away. Brown was a stranger to his victim and told her that he would hurt her if she did not shut up. He drove her to an unknown location and parked the van. The inmate forced Jane Doe #1 to orally copulate him before removing her underwear and raping her. Brown ejaculated and left semen on the victim's clothing. After the rape, the inmate drove the victim to a parking lot and dropped her off, telling her to go home and warning that he would return and hurt her if she told anyone about the sexual assault.   

The Santa Ana Police Department began a massive search for the unknown predator and investigated over 100 red vans as possible leads. The investigation was ongoing in October 1983, when Brown committed another violent sexual assault against a second child.

Crimes against Jane Doe #2
At approximately 7:45 a.m. on Oct. 5, 1983, Brown kidnapped 7-year-old Jane Doe #2 as she was walking to school in Santa Ana. The victim was a 34-pound immigrant from Cambodia and did not know Brown, then 25 years old. He approached her on the street, picked her up, and covered the screaming victim's mouth and nose with his hands as he put her in his red van. 

Brown drove the victim to a cemetery and opened the door wide enough to show her where they were. He told Jane Doe #2 that if she didn't do as he said, she would be killed and buried in the cemetery with the other children who had not listened to him.  Brown continued to drive for awhile before parking and dragging the victim into the back of the van. He put a knife to her chest and told her he would kill her if she told her parents or the police about him. He also threatened to find her at school the next day and cut her body into little pieces, as he had done with another child. The inmate showed the victim a box containing what appeared to be blood-stained clothing and put a second, larger knife near the box. Brown then slapped Jane Doe #2 and told her to shut up when she began to cry.

Brown placed the victim on a bed in the back of the van and ordered her to undress as he exposed his penis and rubbed her chest and vagina. The inmate began to rape the victim, but became angry that her small size made the rape difficult. He then forcibly sodomized her as she cried. After sodomizing the victim, he forced his penis in her mouth and ejaculated, causing her to vomit. Brown again threatened to kill the victim if she told anyone about the sexual assault and then pushed her out of the van, telling her to walk home. The lost, terrified, crying victim wandered to a nearby market, where an adult found her and called the police.

On Feb. 17, 1984, Brown was arrested after officers observed him driving in a red van matching the description provided by Jane Doe #2. Subsequent investigation revealed that the inmate was responsible for the sex crimes against both Jane Doe #1 and Jane Doe #2.

Conviction and Release from State Prison
On Feb. 15, 1985, Brown was found guilty by a jury of two felony counts of kidnapping and five felony counts of forcible sex crimes against a child. The jury also found true the sentencing enhancements that Brown kidnapped both children for the purpose of molesting them, and that he used a deadly weapon and inflicted great bodily injury on Jane Doe #2.
 
As a result of his conviction, Brown was sentenced to 49 years in state prison on April 1, 1985. He was to receive credit and serve 50 percent of his sentence. Had Brown been convicted today of the same crimes, he would have received a sentence of over 300 years to life in state prison.

The OCDA made consistent and repeated inquiries regarding Brown's release date in the interest of public safety due to the level of violence and perversion exhibited by Brown with the intention of providing relevant SVP assessment materials to DMH. The OCDA was informed that Brown would be eligible for parole in April 2011. In August 2010, the OCDA learned that Brown's release had been advanced to October 2010.

Despite the October 2010 date and without notification to either of his victims or the police department where he would be required to register as a sex offender, Brown was released in Orange County on parole from state prison on April 27, 2010. He was paroled to a friend's house in a residential area on Red Hill Avenue in the City of Tustin, approximately 350 yards from Spirit Academy, a school for children ages 5 to 18 years old. Brown quickly violated his parole by becoming transient and masking his GPS by failing to charge the battery to avoid being monitored. On May, 6, 2010, only 10 days after being released from prison, he was violated on his parole and sent back to state prison.

Efforts by the OCDA to Have Brown Civilly Committed as an SVP
Following numerous calls to determine Brown's parole date and learning of the pending October 2010 release, the OCDA sent a letter on Aug. 5, 2010, to DMH containing the inmate's Project Innocence materials. This letter detailed that in March 2009, Brown filed a Project Innocence request with the OCDA claiming that he was not the predator who had committed the vicious crimes against the two little girls. He signed a waiver with his request acknowledging that any evidence obtained as a result of re-testing would be used against him. 

The Aug. 5, 2010, letter to DMH explained that the OCDA agreed to re-examine Brown's case using DNA technology that did not exist in 1983. While many of the evidentiary items were degraded and could not be forensically examined, Brown's DNA was positively identified from the sperm that was recovered from Jane Doe #2's underwear. Despite this conclusive DNA finding, in addition to the strong eye-witness testimony, defendant statements, and forensic evidence presented during the 1983 jury trial, Brown continues to deny his guilt. The inmate has demonstrated no remorse or acceptance of responsibility for his crimes.

Despite a specific request by the OCDA, DMH failed to acknowledge receipt of the letter from Aug. 5, 2010. There has been no indication that DMH provided the letter to any SVP evaluator for review or consideration. Again on Aug. 31, 2010, the OCDA sent DMH a letter detailing Brown's brutal crimes. The letter was sent with a lengthy 484-page packet that included police reports, evidence documents, and the Project Innocence information. The OCDA implored DMH to review these materials when conducting an SVP evaluation of Brown and continued to place numerous calls and requests, offering assistance.

Finally, on Sept. 28, 2010, only four days before Brown was set to be released, and after repeated advocacy by the OCDA, DMH placed a 45 day hold on Brown for an SVP evaluation. No information has been made available to the OCDA as to what evidence, if any, was considered in the evaluation.

The OCDA is legally bound from filing an SVP petition without a request from DMH. The inmate is now scheduled to be released from state prison with no immediate available legal recourse to the OCDA.

"Brown knows he can never again be caught violently kidnapping and sodomizing a young girl. Isn't it only logical that next time he will murder his victim so he doesn't return to prison?  What does the face of the next victim look like? Whose child are we risking?'" posed Rackauckas. "We cannot be deterred by the absolute failure by the Department of Mental Health to do their job. We are going to use every weapon in our legal arsenal to ensure Brown does not hurt any more people. I'm in the process of drafting legislation with Senator Lou Correa to reform this area of law.  This legislation would require the Department on Mental Health to finally do their jobs."

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16 de noviembre, 2010

AGENCIAS DE LEYES ADVIERTE AL PÚBLICO DE LIBERACIÓN PENDIENTE DE UN ABUSADOR SEXUAL VIOLENTO CONDENADO POR SECUESTRAR Y ABUSAR SEXUALMENTE A DOS NIÑAS DE 7 Y 8 AÑOS DE EDAD

SANTA ANA - Las agencias de leyes del Condado de Orange están advirtiendo al público que un abusador sexual violento y condenado, será liberado bajo libertad condicional en el Condado de Orange después de servir 25 años de una sentencia de 49 años por abusar sexualmente a dos niñas después de secuestrarlas a la luz del día.

Se espera que Lawrence Joseph Brown, 52, sea liberado bajo libertad condicional al Condado de Orange de la prisión estatal en Chino California Institution for Men, el miércoles, 17 de noviembre, 2010. A pesar de los esfuerzos repetidos y persistentes del OCDA para que Brown sea evaluado como Predador Sexual Violento (SVP) para mantenerlo internado en detención civil, el Departamento de Salud Mental (DMH) falto tomar las medidas apropiadas para proteger a la comunidad en registrar una petición Request to File a Petition, cual es requerido por la ley para que el OCDA pueda legalmente registrar una petición SVP.

Para que el OCDA registre una petición SVP para internar a Brown en una institución mental después de que termine su sentencia, dos evaluadores independientes de DMH deben primero determinar si el reo cumple los criterios de un SVP. Primero, el acusado debe haber cometido por lo menos una ofensa sexual violenta. Segundo, él debe ser diagnosticado con un trastorno mental. Finalmente, se debe comprobar que él es probable de volver a cometer una ofensa sexual si no permanece en custodia para ser tratado. DMH fallo registrar la petición necesaria con los documentos apropiados, haciéndolo legalmente imposible para que el OCDA registre una petición SVP contra él.

"Un violador violento y peligroso será hombre libre capaz de caminar las calles del Condado de Orange y aprovecharse de nuestros jóvenes. Lawrence Brown - el monstro de las pesadillas de cada padre e hijo. Nuestra comunidad no puede permitir estar expuesto a este tipo de peligro," dijo el Fiscal del Condado de Orange Tony Rackauckas.

Crímenes contra Víctima #1
Al comienzo de la tarde, el 19 de abril del 1983, Brown secuestró a Víctima #1, de 8 años de edad, mientras ella jugaba a escondidas cerca de su casa con sus amigos. El reo de 5 pies 11 pulgadas tenía 24 años de edad, y pesaba 205 libras. Su víctima pesaba 57 libras. Brown la jalo dentro su van rojo mientras que ella  pateaba y gritaba para alejarse. Brown era un extraño para su víctima y le dijo que él le iba a lastimar si ella no se permanecía callada. Él la condujo a un lugar desconocido y estaciono su van. El reo forzó a Víctima #1 a que le copule oralmente antes de quitarle el calzón y violarla. Brown eyaculó y dejo su semen en la ropa de la víctima. Después de violarla, el reo llevo en su van a la víctima a un estacionamiento y la dejo ahí, diciéndole que se vaya a casa y advirtiéndole que él iba a regresar para causarle daño si ella reportaba el asalto sexual.

El Departamento de Policía de Santa Ana comenzó una búsqueda masiva de este abusador sexual desconocido e investigó más de 100  vans como pistas posibles. Mientras la investigación seguía, Brown cometió otro asalto sexual violento contra otra niña.

Crímenes contra Víctima #2
Alrededor de las 7:45 de la mañana, el 5 de octubre, 1983, Brown secuestro a Víctima #2, de 7 años de edad, mientras ella caminaba hacia su colegio en Santa Ana. La víctima, quien pesaba 34 libras y era inmigrante de Cambodia, no conocía a Brown, quien en ese entonces tenía 25 años de edad. Él se acerco a la víctima en la calle, la agarró, cubrió su boca y nariz mientras ella gritaba, y la  metió en su van rojo.

Brown llevo en su van a la víctima a un cementerio y abrió la puerta lo suficiente para enseñarle donde estaban. Le dijo a Víctima #2 que si ella no obedecía a lo que él le decía, la iba a matar y enterrar en el cementerio con todos los otros niños que no obedecieron. Brown continuo manejando un poco y de ahí estaciono su van y arrastro a la víctima a la parte posterior del van. Él amenazó a la víctima con un cuchillo al pecho y le dijo que la iba a matar si le decía a sus padres o la policía de él. También le amenazo con encontrarla en su escuela el próximo día y cortarla en pedacitos, como lo hizo con otra niña. El reo le enseño a la víctima una caja que parecía contener ropa manchada de sangre, y puso un cuchillo más grande a lado de la caja. Cuando Víctima #2 comenzó a llorar, Brown le dio una cachetada y le dijo que se calle.

Brown colocó a la víctima sobre la cama en la parte posterior de la van y la ordenó a que se desvistiera mientras el expuso su pene y froto el pecho y parte privada de la víctima. El reo comenzó a violarla, pero se enojo porque el pequeño tamaño de la víctima complico la violación. Él la sodomizo a fuerza mientras ella lloraba. Después de sodomizar a la víctima, él forzó su pene dentro la boca de la víctima y eyaculó, causándola a vomitar. Brown de nuevo amenazo matarla si ella hablaba del asalto sexual y después la empujo fuera del van, diciéndole que camine a su casa. La víctima, perdida, aterrorizada, y llorando, camino hacia un mercado cercano donde un adulto la encontró y llamo a la policía.

El 17 de febrero, 1984, Brown fue arrestado después de que la policía lo observo manejando un van rojo que coincidía con la descripción que dio Víctima #2. La investigación subsecuente revelo que el reo era responsable por crímenes sexuales contra Víctima #1 y Víctima #2.

Convicción y Liberación de Prisión Estatal
El 15 de febrero, 1985, Brown fue encontrado culpable por un jurado de dos delitos graves por secuestro y cinco delitos graves por crímenes de sexo forzado contra un menor de edad. El jurado también encontró a Brown culpable de alegaciones adicionales por secuestro de las dos niñas con el propósito de violarlas, y uso de un arma mortal e infligir gran daño corporal a Víctima #2.

Como resultado de esta convicción, Brown fue sentenciado a 49 años en prisión estatal el 1º de abril, 1985. Él recibió crédito teniendo que servir solo 50 por ciento de su sentencia. Si Brown fuese sentenciado hoy por los mismos delitos, el hubiera recibido una sentencia de más de 300 años hasta cadena perpetua en prisión estatal.

El OCDA pidió consistentemente y repetidamente información sobre la fecha de liberación de Brown, a nombre de interés público por el nivel de violencia y perversión exhibido por Brown, con la intención de proporcionar materiales relevantes a DMH para una evaluación de SVP. El OCDA fue informado que Brown será elegible para libertad condicional en abril del 2011. En agosto del 2010, el OCDA se entero que la liberación de Brown fue avanzada a octubre del 2010.

A pesar de la fecha en octubre del 2010 y sin notificación a las dos víctimas, el OCDA, o el departamento de policía con quien él se tenía que registrar como abusador sexual, Brown fue liberado de prisión estatal al Condado de Orange bajo libertad condicional el 27 de abril, 2010. Él fue liberado condicionalmente a la casa de su amiga que vive en la ciudad de Tustin. En poco tiempo, el violó su libertad condicional en convertirse transitorio y evitar ser supervisado al no cargar la batería de su GPS. El 6 de mayo del 2010, solo 10 días después de ser liberado de prisión, Brown fue declarado estar en violación de su libertad condicional y fue regresado a prisión estatal.

Esfuerzos del OCDA Para Cometer Civilmente a Brown Como SVP
Siguiendo varias llamadas para determinar la fecha de libertad condicional para Brown y enterándose de la fecha pendiente para libertad en octubre del 2010, el OCDA mando una carta el 5 de agosto, 2010, a DMH con materiales de Proyecto Inocencia del reo. Esta carta detallo que en marzo del 2009, Brown registró una petición de Proyecto Inocencia con el OCDA reclamando que él no era el abusador sexual que cometió los crímenes violentos contra las dos niñas. Él firmo una renuncia con su petición reconociendo que cualquier evidencia que resultara en re-examinar el caso sería utilizada contra él.

La carta, del 5 de agosto del 2010, a DMH explico que el OCDA acordó re-examinar el caso contra Brown usando tecnología de ADN que no existía en 1983. Aunque muchos de los artículos de evidencia estaban degradados y no pudieron ser examinados en forense, el ADN de Brown fue positivamente identificado del eyaculo que se recupero de la ropa interior de Víctima #2. A pesar de la prueba concluyente de ADN, y la presencia de varios testigos firmes, declaraciones del acusado, y evidencia forense presentada durante el juicio de 1983, Brown continúa de negar su culpabilidad. El reo no demuestra remordimiento ni acepta responsabilidad por sus crímenes.

A pesar de una solicitación especifica del OCDA, DMH falto reconocer recibir la carta del 5 de agosto del 2010. No hay ninguna indicación que DMH compartió esa carta con un evaluador de SVP para revisar o considerar los hechos. De nuevo, el 31 de agosto, 2010, el OCDA le envió a DMH otra carta detallando los crímenes brutales de Brown. Se mando la carta con un paquete de 484 páginas incluyendo reportes de la policía, documentos de evidencia, y la información del Proyecto Inocencia. El OCDA le imploro a DMH a que revisara los materiales en la evaluación SVP de Brown, y continúo de hacer llamadas y solicitaciones ofreciendo asistencia.

A las finales, el 28 de septiembre del 2010, solo cuatro días antes de la liberación de Brown, y después de abogacía del OCDA, DMH impuso una detención de 45 días contra Brown para una evaluación SVP. Ninguna información ha sido disponible al OCDA, como cual evidencia, si hubo evidencia, fue considerada en la evaluación.

El OCDA está restringido legalmente de registrar una petición SVP sin la petición de DMH. Se espera que el reo sea liberado de prisión estatal sin ningún recurso legal al OCDA.

"Brown sabe que él jamás podrá ser capturado por violentamente secuestrar y sodomizar una niña joven ¿No sería lógico que la próxima vez el puede matar a su víctima para que no tenga que regresar a prisión? Cuál será la imagen de su próxima víctima? Cual hijo estamos poniendo a riesgo?" pregunto Rackauckas. "No podemos ser disuadidos por la falta absoluta del Departamento de Salud Mental en hacer su trabajo. Vamos a utilizar todas las armas un nuestro arsenal legal para asegurarnos que Brown no lastima a nadie más. El Senador Estatal Correa y yo estamos en el proceso de redactar un anteproyecto de ley para reformar esta área de la ley. Esta legislación va a requerir que el Departamento de Salud Mental por fin haga su trabajo."


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