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Failing to register lands sex offender in trouble

A Williams man was sentenced April 26 to 60 days in Colusa County Jail for failing to register annually as a sex offender.

Juan Francisco Alcaraz, 50, was convicted 11 years ago of unlawful sexual intercourse with a teenage girl under the age of 18.

Alcaraz, then 38, was arrested on Dec. 5, 2009, after the Williams Police Department received a report of a missing teen and tracked down the vehicle she had reportedly left in from a family gathering to a local motel.

Investigators eventually found Alcaraz and the teenager in one of the rooms together, according to police reports, although the teen reported she had tried to leave.

Alcaraz was convicted July 14, 2014, in a plea deal that dismissed felony charges that included false imprisonment by violence and oral copulation with a person under 18, among others.

Alcaraz was charged Nov. 13, 2019, for failing to register each year as a sex offender, but failed to appear in Colusa County Superior Court to answer to the misdemeanor charge until he was picked up on an arrest warrant a few weeks ago.

He will be given credit on his sentence for time served and be allowed to participate in the alternative work program for the balance of his sentence.

Alcaraz is required to register as a sex offender for life, but under the new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, which went into effect Jan. 1, 2021, Alcaraz could have petitioned the state for relief from the requirement and his name removed from Megan’s Law public access website after 10 years with no subsequent convictions. §

 

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