|For Immediate Release
Case # C-38429
September 18, 2009
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Public Affairs Counsel
OCDA TO FIGHT PAROLE RELEASE OF 29-YEAR FUGITIVE CONVICTED OF 1977 MOLEST OF THREE FEMALE CHILDREN
*Inmate also purchased a child in Vietnam, claiming he adopted her, and sexually assaulted her for 11 years
SANTA ANA – The Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) will fight to keep a convicted serial child molester in prison. The inmate, who spent 29 years as a fugitive after being found guilty of sexually assaulting three female children, also molested another young girl, 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.
After serving only three years in state prison, George Joseph England, 65, is scheduled for a parole hearing Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, at 1:00 p.m. at Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad. The defendant was found guilty by a jury in 1977 and the sentence was based on the sentencing laws of 1977, not on a negotiation between the defendant and the People. Senior Deputy District Attorney Rebecca Olivieri of the Special Prosecutions Unit will attend the hearing to oppose parole for England on behalf of the OCDA.
“The only way to stop serial child molester George England is to keep him in prison away from young girls. He has robbed many little girls of a normal childhood, especially Jane Doe, who lives with the guilt and torment caused by the abuse by the man who used her as his possession,” stated District Attorney Tony Rackauckas. “The Orange County District Attorney’s Office will do everything in our legal arsenal to make sure England never again has access to little girls.”
England served in the U.S. Army from September 1963 to September 1966, during which his tour-of-duty took him to Korea. In 1966, England was granted an Honorable Discharge, and later returned to Asia and worked in Vietnam as a civilian contractor. In 1972, England met a Vietnamese woman, from whom he purchased her 5-year-old daughter, Jane Doe.
The inmate traveled through Asia with the victim before moving with her to Orange County in the early to mid-1970s. Beginning when Jane Doe was 5 years old, England forced sexual intercourse and other sex acts with the victim approximately five times a week. The inmate plied Jane Doe with alcohol beginning when she was 7 years old.
England constantly encouraged Jane Doe to invite her young female friends from school or the neighborhood to spend the night in their motor home in Costa Mesa. England drilled a hole in the wall from his bedroom into the bathroom in order to watch Jane Doe and her friends. The inmate also mounted a Plexiglas box with a camera concealed inside near the bathtub, which he used to take nude photos of the young girls as they bathed.