A bill by state Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Beach) that would increase prison sentences for high-risk sex offenders who tamper with their electronic tracking devices is reported to be headed to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for approval. The bill was inspired by the Orange County serial killings of four women who disappeared from high-prostitute areas of Santa Ana and Anaheim. The subsequent investigation showed that the two men involved, Steve Gordon and Franc Cano, twice cut off their monitoring devices and fled to Alabama and Las Vegas.
Bates’ bill would make it a felony for the most egregious sexual offenders to remove their GPS monitors, with prison terms for that violation up to three years. Eligible crimes include rape, spousal rape, and rape of a child. The bill was passed by the California Assembly and now awaits Jerry Brown’s signature to become California state law.
Definition of Rape