A California man described by law enforcement officials as an unrepentant sex offender is being released from a state hospital after 20 years, prompting the district attorney office to issue a warning to the community and urge Gov. Gavin Newsom to intervene.
Cary Jay Smith, 59, was sent to a San Bernardino state hospital in 1999 on "a 72-hour psychiatric hold after his wife provided a psychiatrist with a letter in which Smith described sex acts he wanted to perform on a 7-year-old boy," according to a press release from the Orange County District Attorney's Office.
It was determined after evaluation that he presented a “demonstrated danger of inflicting substantial physical harm” and remained on hold for nearly 20 years – with follow-up civil trials finding that he was unrepentant in fantasizing about sexually abusing and harming young boys.
Orange County prosecutors had even filed 20 felony counts against Smith in 2002 — but the case was ultimately dismissed due to statute of limitation issues, KTLA reported.
During interviews with hospital officials, Smith has claimed to have molested hundreds of children and has said he prefers to go by the name "Mr. RTK" — which stands for rape, torture, kill, the DA's office said.
"Smith, an unstable individual, has openly made threats to rape and murder children and has stated that he would reoffend upon his release,” Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Michelle Steel said in a statement. “The fact that he is being released back into our community is unconscionable."
“This sexual predator has repeatedly testified under oath that he will re-offend if he is released and we should believe him,” Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said in the statement, which called for Gov. Newsom to take action.
Smith was required to register as a sex offender after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor sexual offense involving a child in 1985, according to CBS Los Angeles. The medical hold for Smith expired Saturday and he is expected to return to living in Orange County — hence the warning from county officials.
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