SANTA ANA – A convicted child molester was re-committed to a state mental hospital Thursday after a jury found him unsafe to join society.
A jury decided that Carlos Dominguez, 65, is a sexually violent predator and is not suitable for release from a hospital until he receives more treatment.
Authorities said that to be labeled a sexually violent predator, a person must have been convicted of a sexually violent crime, have been diagnosed with a mental disorder and be found to be likely to reoffend unless treated.
Dominguez was convicted on Nov. 9, 1979, for sexually assaulting a 10-year-old female relative after taking her to Knott’s Berry Farm for her birthday. After riding several roller coasters, Dominguez assaulted her in the back of a van, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
A jury found Dominguez guilty of one felony count of lewd and lascivious acts upon a minor, and he was sentenced to three years in prison. He was released on parole in 1983 but was sent back in 1985 after he was arrested on suspicion of false imprisonment and battery. He was released again in May 1986, officials said.
After being released from prison, Dominguez sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl who was the daughter of a family friend on July 18, 1986. He persuaded the girl’s mother to let him take her to Disneyland under the ruse that they would be attending with his girlfriend and other young girls, authorities said.
Again, Dominguez took the girl to the theme park and rode several rides before returning to the van. He told the girl that there was candy in the backseat and when she went to find it, he sexually assaulted her, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Dominguez pleaded guilty to one felony count of forcible lewd and lascivious acts upon a minor on Feb. 19, 1987, and was sentenced to 11 years in prison.
Officials said he violated his parole in 1994 by not residing at the address he had registered as a sex offender. Officials obtained a surveillance report that showed Dominguez was seen in a car with three minor girls. In his car, authorities found a baseball bat, wood club, nylon rope, work gloves, a stun gun, 12 chocolate bars and condoms.
Dominguez was sent back to prison and released on parole again in December 1995. One month after his release, officials found that Dominguez was contacting the girls who were seen in his car a year earlier. He was found with one of the girl’s addresses and a stockpile of ammunition and was sent back to prison, officials said.
The Orange County District Attorney’s Office filed a petition on April 2, 1996, to have Dominguez committed as a sexually violent predator, to which a jury agreed. He has been receiving treatment at a state mental hospital facility since.
By ALYSSA DURANTY / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
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