Officials Warn Residents of Sex Offender Release Into Orange County

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Cary Jay Smith listens to testimony in court in Santa Ana on July 2, 2013. (File photo by Jebb Harris, Orange County Register/SCMG)

Officials in Orange County are issuing a warning to county residents regarding the release of a “dangerous sex offender” from Coalinga State Hospital after more than 20 years.

Cary Jay Smith, 59, is scheduled to be released in Orange County this week. He was sent to Patton State Hospital in San Bernardino in 1999 after describing in a letter the sex acts he wanted to perform on a 7-year-old boy who lived in his Costa Mesa neighborhood.

Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Michelle Steel and Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer made the plea to Gov. Gavin Newsom, “This sexual predator has repeatedly testified under oath that he will reoffend if he is released and we should believe him,” Spitzer said in a statement.

“He prefers to go by the name Mr. RTK, which stands for rape, torture, kill,” the press release read.

The hold against Smith was allowed to expire on July 11. He is expected to return back to Orange County, where he used to live.

Spitzer and Steel were pleading for Governor Newsom to intervene, and to have Smith once again register as a sex offender.

“After over 20 years in confinement, Coalinga State Hospital has released Cary Jay Smith, a child sex offender from Orange County, back into our community.  Smith, an unstable individual, has openly made threats to rape and murder children and has stated that he would reoffend upon his release,” Steel said. “The fact that he is being released back into our community is unconscionable. We must take this threat to our community very seriously and ensure that everyone in Orange County is aware of this individual’s grave threat to our children.”

Gov. Newsom has not responded.

Author: Mallory Sullivan

Mallory Sullivan has worked for Los Al TV for nearly five years. She's a 2014 Los Alamitos High School graduate who specializes in local news for Los Angeles and Orange County. At Los Al TV, she wrote and anchored “Community Calendar”, the area’s only weekly newscast. One of her favorite things about working for Los Al TV is covering the Seal Beach Summer Concert Series. Mallory is currently working at CBS Los Angeles as a Digital Producer.

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