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October 15, 2012
A Costa Mesa man is being charged with violating a city ordinance that prohibits sex offenders from entering city parks, prosecutors said Monday. Stephen Lee Austin, 25, was arrested after being found sleeping at the Costa Mesa Historical Society building within Lions Park about midnight Sept. 12, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. The day before, a park ranger gave Austin a citation, warning him that it is illegal to sit or climb on a public building, prosecutors said.
NEWS
March 29, 2012
Less than two weeks after his release from jail, a homeless sex offender known to frequent Newport-Mesa was arrested for a parole violation, police said. Curtis Regulus, 40, was arrested Wednesday at Lions Park in Costa Mesa near the library for allegedly violating conditions of his parole, which requires him to stay away from parks, playgrounds and swimming pools, according to the Costa Mesa Police Department. Regulus was released from jail March 20, the same day he was sentenced to two years in state prison for rubbing his pelvis against a 14-year-old girl on a bus and again at a crosswalk, according to the Orange County district attorney and Sheriff's Department records.
NEWS
March 22, 2012
A homeless sex offender known to frequent Newport Beach and Costa Mesa was released from jail Tuesday — hours after he was sentenced to two years in prison, according to authorities. Curtis Regulus, 40, pleaded guilty to three felonies and was sentenced in court earlier this week for rubbing himself against a 14-year-old girl on a bus and again as she waited to cross the street, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. Inmate information from the Orange County Sheriff's Department shows Regulus was released from jail about 11:40 p.m. Tuesday based on credit for time served since his June 24, 2010, arrest.
NEWS
September 8, 2012
Irvine police arrested a registered sex offender last week who had gone to Citrus Glen Park to play tennis, officers said. Jean Pierre Nguyen, 51, of Garden Grove was arrested for violating a July 2011 Irvine law that prohibits certain sex offenders from visiting city parks or recreational facilities, according to the Irvine Police Department. Nguyen was on probation after a conviction earlier this year for indecent exposure in Garden Grove, police said. The Orange County Probation Department contacted Irvine police believing Nguyen was at the park on Thursday.
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From KTLA.com | March 7, 2011
Huntington Beach police arrested a registered sex offender from Newport Beach for allegedly trying to get children to play with his parrot. At about 4:15 p.m. Saturday, a Huntington Beach resident called police to report a suspicious man near Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway. Authorities said Michael Joseph DeSilva, 65, was not making contact with any children at the time officers approached. But, witnesses told police, DeSilva was trying to get the kids to play with his parrot named "Mango.
NEWS
March 20, 2012
A homeless sex offender known to frequent Newport Beach and Costa Mesa was sentenced to two years in state prison for assaulting a 14-year-old girl, authorities said. Curtis Regulus, 40, pleaded guilty Tuesday to three felonies stemming from the June 19, 2010, incident in which he rubbed himself against the girl, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. The girl first sat at the back of the bus after visiting her grandmother in Placentia, but later moved when Regulus made her uncomfortable by sitting behind her, prosecutors said.
NEWS
April 4, 2011
The Orange County Board of Supervisors is planning to adopt an ordinance Tuesday that would bar registered sex offenders from entering the county's parks — including its beaches, wilderness areas and harbors. The rules would apply to offshore sections of Newport Beach. Supervisor Shawn Nelson and Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas said they proposed the law to protect children. "Parks do not belong to sexual deviants," Rackauckas said in a statement. "Parks belong to children who want to play there and parents who want to enjoy nature with their children.
NEWS
November 12, 1999
Greg Risling COSTA MESA -- A convicted sex offender who caused an uproar in a Mesa North neighborhood earlier this year when he wrote an intimate letter about a young boy will spend another six months in a treatment program. Cary Jay Smith, 39, will return to a hospital where he will receive intensive psychiatric treatment. Smith had received six months of treatment prior to his Tuesday court hearing. It is likely that once Smith completes his treatment, he could be released.
NEWS
January 11, 2000
Greg Risling NEWPORT BEACH -- A convicted sex offender living near Lincoln Elementary School who caused concern among teachers, parents and students, has moved out of the area, police said. Jay Michael Raymond, 46, on Monday notified police that he had packed his bags over the weekend and relocated to Murietta Hot Springs in Riverside County, where he had once resided in the past. Raymond informed police last week of his intention to leave Newport Beach.
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By Bradley Zint | February 18, 2014
The Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday night agreed to repeal an ordinance that banned registered sex offenders from city parks without law enforcement permission. The council's unanimous vote comes after state appellate court rulings against similar ordinances adopted by the Irvine City Council and Orange County Board of Supervisors . Costa Mesa is facing its own lawsuit, John Doe vs. City of Costa Mesa, filed in 2012. The Orange County district attorney's office has supported a ban and may be appealing the court decisions to the state Supreme Court, according to city staff.
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By Bradley Zint | February 14, 2014
The Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday is scheduled to consider instituting a reward for help in identifying vandals and repealing a law that aims to rein in the movements of sex offenders. The Police Department has recommended that the council consider revoking a 2012 ordinance that bans registered sex offenders from entering city parks and sports facilities without law enforcement permission. Costa Mesa's ordinance was similar to ones passed by the Orange County Board of Supervisors and Irvine City Council . Two state appellate court decisions, however, have ruled against the legality of the Irvine and county ordinances.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | July 5, 2013
After 24 minutes of deliberation, an Orange County jury decided Wednesday that a Costa Mesa sex offender is dangerous and should remain in a state hospital, according to a court official. Jurors began deliberating about whether to release Cary Jay Smith, 52, at 10:13 a.m. and reached a verdict by 10:37 a.m., according to Orange County Superior Court spokeswoman Gwen Vieau. In 1999, Smith went to Patton State Hospital in San Bernardino on a 72-hour hold after his wife gave his psychiatrist a letter in which he described sex acts he wanted to perform on a boy, according to authorities.
NEWS
From the Los Angeles Times | December 20, 2012
A state appellate court has agreed to review Orange County's controversial law barring sex offenders from county parks and beaches, a move that may determine whether the ban is legal. The county ordinance,  passed in April 2011 , prohibits all registered sex offenders from county parks, beaches and harbors without written consent from the sheriff. The district attorney's office has successfully urged other county cities to pass versions of the law. Susan Kang Schroeder, the chief of staff for the district attorney's office, said both sides would like a binding decision on the matter.
NEWS
October 15, 2012
A Costa Mesa man is being charged with violating a city ordinance that prohibits sex offenders from entering city parks, prosecutors said Monday. Stephen Lee Austin, 25, was arrested after being found sleeping at the Costa Mesa Historical Society building within Lions Park about midnight Sept. 12, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. The day before, a park ranger gave Austin a citation, warning him that it is illegal to sit or climb on a public building, prosecutors said.
NEWS
September 8, 2012
Irvine police arrested a registered sex offender last week who had gone to Citrus Glen Park to play tennis, officers said. Jean Pierre Nguyen, 51, of Garden Grove was arrested for violating a July 2011 Irvine law that prohibits certain sex offenders from visiting city parks or recreational facilities, according to the Irvine Police Department. Nguyen was on probation after a conviction earlier this year for indecent exposure in Garden Grove, police said. The Orange County Probation Department contacted Irvine police believing Nguyen was at the park on Thursday.
NEWS
April 16, 2012
Sex offenders would be banned from entering parks under a new ordinance to be considered at Tuesday's Costa Mesa City Council meeting. Council members will vote on the ordinance, which follows the countywide law passed by the Orange County Board of Supervisors last April. If approved, registered sex offenders could not enter city-owned parks and sports facilities without written permission from the Orange County Sheriff's Department, according to a city staff report.
NEWS
April 11, 2012
Your April 6 story, "Owners speak out against harbor rent increase," did not really reflect the seething anger in the Newport Beach City Council Chambers over an unbridled attempt to increase the city's revenue. The reason: The attendees were too gentlemanly and ladylike to express their true views about the mayor, two councilmen and the city manager who lectured the citizens as if they were schoolchildren. The foursome tried to appear to listen while their minds were made up and closed.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | April 7, 2012
As with many of its votes, the Costa Mesa City Council adopted the Homeless Task Force's recommendations with a majority on one side and a single dissenter on the other. But this time, the rebel wasn't Councilwoman Wendy Leece, who often finds herself in the minority on the council dais. Instead, during the March 20 meeting she was part of the majority alongside Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer and Councilman Steve Mensinger. Councilman Gary Monahan was absent from the 3-1 vote. "Wendy and I go way back," Righeimer said, adding that it shouldn't be surprising that they voted together on this issue.
NEWS
March 29, 2012
Less than two weeks after his release from jail, a homeless sex offender known to frequent Newport-Mesa was arrested for a parole violation, police said. Curtis Regulus, 40, was arrested Wednesday at Lions Park in Costa Mesa near the library for allegedly violating conditions of his parole, which requires him to stay away from parks, playgrounds and swimming pools, according to the Costa Mesa Police Department. Regulus was released from jail March 20, the same day he was sentenced to two years in state prison for rubbing his pelvis against a 14-year-old girl on a bus and again at a crosswalk, according to the Orange County district attorney and Sheriff's Department records.
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