Three years after being let free in Los Angeles County, a convicted child molester was caught for sexually abusing two additional children.
Jorge Vasquez, 48, was charged with eight fresh charges of child molestation for fondling two young boys in Tulare and San Luis Obispo counties starting in June 2018 — less than six months after a judge ordered his release, citing a violation of his right to a speedy trial.
Vasquez had been ordered released after waiting 17 years for a trial, but according to a complaint made public on Tuesday, he neglected to register as a sex offender before being arrested again on Sunday.
When he heard of the fresh arrest in Porterville, Richard Ceballos, a LA County deputy prosecutor who believed Vasquez would re-offend, told The Los Angeles Times he was “sick to his stomach.”
Ceballos remarked, “This is every prosecutor’s worst fear.” Vasquez’s original trial was postponed because the defense was assigned to many public attorneys in an allegedly understaffed office, according to the New York Times.
“I spoke with one of the deputy public defenders about the case, and they, too, have similar issues with their superiors,” Ceballos allegedly added.
“They were often asking for help, but no one was willing to give it to them. Nobody was paying attention to these cases.”
According to the New York Times, Vasquez pleaded not guilty to abusing four boys in 1994 after luring them into an alley with promises of candy.
According to court records, he engaged in forced oral sex with the children, ages 6 to 8.
According to the report, prosecutors attempted to have him committed indefinitely under the state’s Sexually Violent Predator Act in 2000.
The case was handled by five public defenders, each of whom requested a postponement, but Superior Court Judge James Bianco consented to dismiss the case due to the protracted wait.
According to The Associated Press, Vasquez could face life in prison because the new charges involve specific allegations involving several victims and past offenses.