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Authorities Issue Warning of Sexual Predator in Transit

George Severson

Authorities Issue Warning of Sexual Predator in Transit

CREATED Apr. 26, 2012

MUSCOY - Detectives from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Crime Against Children Unit say a convicted child predator who reportedly has moved away from his registered address in Muscoy has five business days to re-register with law enforcement.

To be compliant with California law, 47-year-old Martin Kenneth Smith must provide local authorities with his new address. Investigators say they visited Smith's last known registered address Thursday morning and were told he moved late Wednesday afternoon.

Smith was convicted in 1994 in San Diego County for multiple counts of lewd or lascivious acts against a child under 14 years of age, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. He was initially sentenced to 10 years in prison, however, was paroled in 1999.

Smith soon violated the terms of his parole and was sent back to state prison. Due to the heinous nature of his crimes, San Diego County Superior Court committed Smith to Coalinga State Hospital in 2006. He was recently released from civil commitment without any supervision or electronic monitoring.

Smith is classified as a Sexually Violent Predator by the California Department of Justice. Of the 123,821 registered sex offenders in the State of California, less than one percent of those are deemed Sexually Violent Predators.

Investigators point out that Smith is not wanted for any crimes at this time and he is not on probation or parole. Detectives from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Crime Against Children Unit say they're just information the public about Smith's unknown whereabouts and want people to be cautious and aware of their surroundings.

Smith is described as a white male adult, 47 years of age, 5'6", 170 lbs, brown hair and blue eyes.

Information regarding sex offenders can be accessed through the Megan's Law Website as well as the Sheriff's Department Offender Watch database. Residents who have questions or concerns regarding sex offender laws and or conditions are encouraged to refer to those resources, or may contact the Crimes Against Children Unit.

 

 

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