Violent convicted felon – a child rapist – scores payment of over $2 million from Los Angeles county

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Los Angeles County, CA – A man sat in a mental facility while courts were attempting to determine if he was mentally sane to serve trial to be committed as a sexually violent predator and sat there for over twelve years.

Now, his defense attorney has gotten the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to approve over a $2 million payment to him because they claim his rights were violated.

The man, Rodrigo DeCasas, had his start of this stint of legal trouble start in 1994 when he was convicted and sentenced to prison for twenty years after he plead guilty to a forcible lewd act with a child under 14, three counts of lewd acts with children under 14, and one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14.

Before he could serve out the entirety of his sentence, prosecutors with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed a motion to have DeCasas classified as a sexually violent predator in 2006.

The District Attorney felt the designation was lawful because of the deviant sexual behavior and his having a medical diagnosis of pedophilia and schizophrenia. Regardless of those facts, defense attorneys who were working the case felt that his sexually abusing children coupled with the medical diagnosis did not fit the legal definition of the Sexually Violent Predator Act.

The Sexually Violent Predators Act in California is where a convicted sex offender can be held in a mental facility after their prison term if:

“[H]e or she has prior convictions for certain sexually violent offenses and a jury finds that the person has a mental disorder that makes it likely that he or she will engage in sexually violent criminal behavior.”

So, to review, DeCasas is a convicted felon of multiple child sexual offenses, check on the prior conviction. Additionally, a medical doctor has diagnosed DeCasas with mental disorders to including pedophilia and schizophrenia, check again.

However, defense experts claim that this does not meet the definition described in the act. As such, the court ordered DeCasas to stay confined in a secure facility pending a trial.

Throughout the years, the case to have DeCasas labeled as a sexually violent offender kept getting delayed which led to the eventual lawsuit against Los Angeles County for allegedly violating his civil rights.

The lawsuit brought forth by DeCasas’ attorneys alleges that his due process rights were violated because he was confined in a mental institution without a trial for over a decade. The lawsuit alleges that the issue was caused because of a breakdown with the Public Defender’s Office over staffing shortages.

The suit states:

“This breakdown forced Mr. DeCasas to choose between having prepared counsel and a timely trial. Under the Constitution, he had a right to both. He got neither.”

The suit then double-downed on the allegation that staffing shortages in the Public Defender’s office were to blame for DeCasas’ case being delayed. The suit said:

“Mr. DeCasas made it clear that he wanted to ‘get out’ [of the mental hospital] while his public defender waived his appearances and stipulated to continuances for years at a time. Mr. DeCasas was not happy with the delays and did not understand the reasons for the delays.”

DeCasas and his attorney’s claims were brought before the Lost Angeles County Claims Board which recommended that the Board of Supervisors provide him with a settlement to avoid any further litigation.

As such, on November 2nd, the Board of Supervisors approved a payment of over two million dollars to the convicted sex offender. It is not clear when any payment to DeCasas will be made.

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Sex offender arrested after opening the door nude for trick-or-treaters, inviting kids into his home

PROVO, UT – Most, if not all states require that sex offenders and predators do not participate in any type of Halloween activities.

The reason is simple – if children go to the sexual offender or predator’s door, it could be endangering those children’s wellbeing.

And that’s exactly what happened in Utah when a sex offender opened his door in the buff.

 

Provo Police were called to investigate the incident at 460 S 1144 E on October 31st.

When they arrived on the scene, they met with what one can only assume was a very angry father who told them what had occurred. Not only did the father tell the officers what happened, but he was video recording the incident on his phone.

If that is not concerning enough, the video went a step further and showed the convicted sexual offender, Steven Kelley Little, inviting the children into his home, again, while naked.

The children, three under the age of 14 and five over the age of 14, who witnessed Little naked were thankfully stopped from entering the home.

During the investigation, Provo Police Officer Austin Williams alleges that Little answered his door naked and was “beckoning children inside.”  A father who witnessed the incident went to Little’s front door to confront him, when he answered, Little was still unclothed.

 

Provo police questioned Little regarding the incident and he gave a confession. When asked why he answered the door naked, he allegedly told them that he had just gotten out of the shower.

Of course, this is not Little’s first brush with the law when it comes to sexual offenses.

In 2018, Police were called when someone complained that they heard Little making sexually explicit sounds and touching himself while he somehow watched a 10-year old use a bathroom. 

 

In March of 2019, Little pleaded guilty to lewdness involving a child apparently stemming from this incident.

The judge accepted the plea and ordered him to serve a year in prison, but, did not force him into custody. Instead, the judge suspended the jail sentence and ordered him to be placed on probation for three years and spend a total of 45 days in jail.

Although many states require sex offenders and predators to keep their outside lights off and refrain from answering the door on Halloween, that does not mean that the criminals comply.

That is why it is always best to check the local sex offender database so that parents can take note of any potential sex offenders or predators in the area in which they will be taking their kids to trick-or-treat.

Additionally, unless the parents know the person who is answering the door, it is highly encouraged to never allow a child into a stranger’s home or vehicle. While the person may be clothed and seem natural, no one knows what goes through a person’s mind and it only takes a second for something bad to happen that will scar a child for life.

Another way to help lessen the chances for anything bad to happen to the children who are enjoying trick-or-treating is to go to areas with a police presence. There are many neighborhoods in which officers are working there off-duty so that the community feels safe.

“Re-Fund the Police”: Law Enforcement Today launches nationwide campaign for Americans to back the blue

Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers.  And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

For those looking for a quick link to get in the fight and support the cause, click here.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – You back the Blue.  You support the police.  You quietly buy an officer a cup of coffee at your local coffeehouse.  You bring homemade cookies to your local police station.  You make it a point to thank an officer when you see one out in public.  

You watch the news, aghast to see crowds of anti-police protesters and rioters committing acts of violence and massive property damage.  You pray daily for the Blue family.

And yet, you may feel quite alone.

Politicians and the mainstream news media would have you think that police support is at an all-time low.

Some of you may have found it necessary to take down your Thin Blue Line flags from your house, or to scrape off the Thin Blue Line sticker from your vehicles, due to the potential for violent retaliation by those who hate the police.

Yes, it is the loudest voices that are the ugliest.  They revile and attack those who back the Blue.  They call, “Defund the Police!” at every turn, fueled by the lie that police officers are racists who are out to kill.

But you are actually in excellent company in your support of the blue family.

According to a Gallup poll, 85% of Americans support law enforcement.  That means supporters of the Thin Blue Line are 285 million strong.

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That would be 285 million who, like you, refuse join in the calls to defund the police.

And that means you are in the company of those who have logic and reason on their side.

After all, we at Law Enforcement Today bring you stories daily of exploding crime in police-defunded areas such as Austin, Portland,  New York City, or Los Angeles.

Homicide rates since defunding are up 58% in Atlanta, up 533% in Portland, and up 37% in Philadelphia.

Shootings in post-defunded New York City are up 64%, and they are up 51% in Los Angeles and up 18% in Chicago.

In addition, you have also followed our disturbing and often tragic stories of attacks on police officers in the era of police defunding.

Felonious attacks on police are on the rise, as documented by the FBI’s Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) Data Collection.  

According to LEOKA:

“The 50 law enforcement officers feloniously killed in the first 8 months of 2021 represent a 51.5 percent increase compared to the 33 officers killed during the same period in 2020.”

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370 officers gave their lives in the line of duty in 2020

Also thanks to defunding, police departments across the country now lack training, resources, and equipment.  Ironically, calls for additional training in cultural awareness, de-escalation, and use of force often have to go unheeded due to the lack of financial resources.

Another irony is that the push to do away with less-lethal options such as Tasers and tear gas will simply lead to more fatal police shootings.

These alarming stories and statistics indicate beyond a doubt that defunding the police is absolutely the wrong move for this great country.  You know this, yet you and 285 million other voices are all too often silenced by social pressures as well as physical threats of violence.  

You are even told, “Silence is violence,” when it comes to refusing to stand against law enforcement.

Your voice matters, and you need to be heard.

As Law Enforcement Today National Spokesman Kyle Reyes points out:

“Americans have stood by in disbelief as this ‘defund the police’ movement has spread across America and ravaged our communities.  

“We’ve watched our cities burn, our officers be attacked and violence skyrocket.  

“It’s time to come out of the twilight zone.  It’s time to fight back.”

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Law Enforcement Today, the nation’s largest police-owned media outlet, has developed a way to make your voice heard and oppose those who would seek to remove funding from those who protect and serve.

It’s called the “Re-Fund the Police” campaign.

Reyes explains:

“We wanted to make the “Re-fund the Police” campaign something that everyone- whether you can spare $1 or $1 million – can be a part of.

“People will donate to politicians all day long in hopes that person will get elected and possibly make a difference.

“We are asking for people to come forward and support those who make a difference and save lives every single day.”

Through your generous donations, Law Enforcement today will direct a media and advertising blitz to rally other Americans who, like you, are done with attacks on law enforcement, both physical and financial.  

Here’s what the funds go towards:

  1. We’ve assembled a “strike team” of researchers and reporters who will delve deeply into the devastating impact that defunding the police has on communities and families.  They’re going after not just the “leaders” in Congress who are pushing to defund the police… but they’re exposing everyone from the local politicians and city councils who are behind it.  They’re also tracing the money of exactly who is funding this “defund the police” movement.
  2.  We will focus on publicizing all the negative effects of defunding police while expressing support for our brothers and sisters in blue.  The advertising blitz will be a show of support for police officers all across America.
 

In addition, we will be sending a team of reporters into our communities to share positive stories of law enforcement, stories which are consistently ignored by the mainstream media.

As a thank-you for your generosity in standing strong for the blue family, we are offering access codes for Law Enforcement Today’s Wounded Officer documentary and Border Crisis documentary.  In addition, we offer additional perks such as stickers and Thin Blue Line face masks or yard signs.

Donors are also able to honor or memorialize a member of the blue family.

For those who cannot afford to contribute, we invite you to be a part of a nationwide chain of prayer warriors.  

You can join our prayer chain along with other supporters who are willing to pray for our brothers and sisters in blue.  

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We support those who protect and serve.

Also, when you sign up for our newsletter, we will keep you informed on how we are continuing to back the Blue, and bring you the stories the mainstream media will not touch.

Now to small businesses who are sick and tired of watching our cities burn as the “defund the police” movement spreads.

For business donors, we are pleased to offer a unique opportunity to make a difference in police departments across the country.

Reyes explains:

“We wanted to make sure small businesses could get in the fight, so we are rolling out the ‘adopt a police department’ program.”

Your business donation will be used to cover stories in the community of your choice, and expose those who are attempting to defund the police.  Those stories, if you choose, will also include a thank you to your business and a link back to your business website.  

In addition, your generous business donation will go toward advertising campaigns that highlight the negative effects of demonizing and defunding the police.

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We’ve got your 6.

This will give you the opportunity to show to millions of Americans that, unlike “woke” anti-police organizations, you support and appreciate law enforcement.

Reyes points out:

“Corporate America rallied around the Black Lives Matter movement, donating hundreds of millions of dollars to a campaign that brought widespread looting and destruction in our cities.  

“This is an opportunity for businesses to show America that law and order and keeping people safe still means something to them.”

Please join your voice with Law Enforcement Today in this campaign to support all those who protect and serve us.

We invite you to visit the Re-Fund the Police website for further information.

If you have questions, or you want to start your own fundraising team, feel free to email us at [email protected]

It’s time to get in the fight.

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