Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
OCDA AND FORMER VICTIM WARN OF PRISON RELEASE OF SERIAL CHILD MOLESTER
*Inmate was convicted of molesting three girls and remained a fugitive for 29 years; He also purchased a child in Vietnam, claimed he adopted her, and sexually assaulted her for 11 years
*UPDATE: The Orange County District Attorney just learned this morning that the United States Attorney’s Office will file charges today against George England. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and United States Attorney’s Office are filing a warrant today to arrest England upon his release from Corcoran State Prison to be extradited to Florida. For information please contact the United States Attorney, Southern District of Florida.
SANTA ANA – The Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) and a woman who was sexually assaulted for 11 years by the inmate are warning the community and Canadian citizens that a convicted serial child molester is scheduled to be released from prison on March 12, 2010, after only serving just over three years in state prison. George Joseph England, 65, who spent 29 years as a fugitive after being found guilty of sexually assaulting three female children, also molested Jackie Zudis, whom he purchased from her mother in Vietnam in the 1970s and claimed was his adopted daughter. He was not sentenced for those crimes because the victim did not report them to law enforcement until the statute of limitations had expired.
The OCDA has a policy not to identify any victims of sexual assault. In this case, Jackie Zudis has asked that she be identified and her name and image be used to publicize the crimes committed against her by England and the danger he poses to society.
“This man spent a lifetime using young girls for his own perverse sexual gratification and never showing any remorse for the emotional and psychological baggage he left his victims to carry. I am sickened that my Office has been denied legal recourse to keep this child molester locked up away from children,” stated District Attorney Tony Rackauckas. “Had he been convicted under the law today, England would be spending the rest of his life in prison. That’s where he belongs, not on our streets and in our neighborhoods. I am counting on Canadian officials to make sure he is watched.”
“Beware: He’s not changed, nor will he change,” said Zudis as a warning to the community in a March 8, 2010, interview. “Your little girls are in trouble and you need to protect them, and you need to listen to them, and if you see them changing you need to question it and don’t shield it. It’s not some dirty little secret.”
England is scheduled to be released from Corcoran State Prison on March 12, 2010. He will be required to register as a sex offender and may be turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to be deported to Canada, where he claims to be a citizen. Canadian officials will determine if England will be required to also complete sex offender registration in Canada.