|For Immediate Release
Case # 11WF1645 & 11WF1645
November 17, 2011
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER SENTENCED FOR VIOLATING ORANGE COUNTY CHILD SAFETY ZONE ORDINANCE BY ENTERING MILE SQUARE REGIONAL PARK ON CINCO DE MAYO
WESTMINSTER – A registered sex offender was sentenced today for violating the Orange County Sex Offender Ordinance by entering a County park. Hugo Godinez, 29, Santa Ana, was found guilty Nov. 14, 2011, of one misdemeanor count of prohibited sex offender entering a County park without the written permission from Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD). He was also convicted of one misdemeanor count of failing to register and show proof of residency upon release from incarceration. Godinez was sentenced to 100 days in the Orange County Jail and five years of formal probation with search and seizure conditions. He was ordered not to associate with any persons under the age of 18 or frequent places where persons under the age of 18 congregate unless in the company of a responsible adult over the age of 21 and who is approved by his probation officer. He was also ordered not to possess or view sexually explicit material, nor frequent establishments where such items are viewed or sold. He was ordered to enroll in and complete an outpatient or residential treatment program and submit to continuous GPS monitoring.
ORANGE COUNTY CODIFIED ORDINANCE 3-18-3 (PROHIBITED OFFENDER ENTERING A COUNTY PARK)
California Penal Code sections 290, et seq. require individuals convicted of certain crimes to register as sex offenders. The registration process is used to ensure that such offenders shall be readily available for police surveillance at all times because such offenders are deemed likely to commit similar offenses in the future.
The Orange County Codified Ordinance 3-18-3 defines an Orange County Park as any County-owned, leased, operated or maintained land before or after the effective date of this Ordinance by the County of Orange held as a harbor, beach, park or recreation area, including but not limited to Arroyo Trabuco Park, Carbon Canyon Regional Park, Clark Regional Park, Craig Regional Park, Featherly Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park, Laguna Niguel Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Mile Square Regional Park, O’Neill Regional Park, Orange County Zoo, Peters Canyon Regional Park, Santiago Regional Park, Harriett M. Wieder Regional Park, Yorba Park, Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Casper’s Wilderness Park, Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park, Talbert Nature Preserve, Aliso Beach Park, Capistrano Beach Park, Newport Harbor, Salt Creek Beach Park, Sunset Beach Park, Dana Point Harbor, and Sunset Harbor. The Ordinance seeks to protect children by restricting registered sex offenders’ access to these locations. Violators may be punished with up to six months in jail and/or a $500 fine.