Police in a California town are telling residents to leave a convicted sexual predator who has changed his name to Pirate alone and not "attack" him.
Pirate, a 41-year-old who was born under the name Daniel Selovich before legally changing it, has been accused of multiple sex crimes and was recently released from prison after serving a sentence for sexually motivated coercion. He is easily recognizable due to a large tattoo covering the near-entirety of his face.
Police Sgt. Todd Cogle told local news outlet The Record Searchlight that he's gotten at least six calls about Pirate this week but none accusing him of a crime — although he did note the callers were "trying to be helpful."
"They’ve seen stuff on social media and they’ve taken that to mean that he’s wanted or there’s some reason the police are looking for him," Cogle said. "Which is not the case."
“Don’t try to grab him or attack him if you see Pirate out and about,” Cogle told local television outlet KRCR. “I live here and I have loved ones here as well. I know it’s worrying to know that he is on the streets but he is a free man. You have to treat him like every other man you see on the street.”
Pirate was first charged rape in 2010. He was accused of raping and slapping a woman in Redding in 2004, but wasn't caught for years until DNA evidence led to the charges against him. However, the rape charge was ultimately dismissed, although he was sentenced to four years in prison for assault with a deadly weapon, according to The Record Searchlight.
He then moved to Alaska, where he was accused of holding a woman captive in his cabin and sexually assaulting her for weeks in 2015. The case was dismissed after the victim died — but DNA evidence found while investigating that case linked Pirate to another alleged rape in 2004. Pirate was accused of attacking a disabled woman in Las Vegas, and though he was charged with sexual assault, he pleaded down to sexually motivated coercion in 2018 and spent a little over a year in Nevada prison, the local outlet reports.
Cogle has explained police have been in contact with Pirate, with Pirate sometimes reaching out to them and saying he's afraid for his safety.
"In our dealings with him, he hasn’t caused us any trouble," Cogle told the Record Searchlight, saying police haven't had any issues with Pirate since he returned to the area.
Pirate has also spoken with local news about his current situation, saying he is in the Redding area because he likes living there but doesn't plan to stay long.
"I am here to get started on my disability, get my money started again, then I will leave. This is where I got started on my disability last time, this is where I am going to do it this time and if I leave in a pine box, you know that sucks for the people that love me which totals like six people I think," he told KRCR.
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