[UPDATED:] Lawrence Joseph Brown, Violent Rapist of Little Girls, to Be Freed--Pissing Off OC Cops and DA

Update, November 17, 7:30 p.m.: The Orange County District Attorney's Office has issued a statement tonight saying the woman coming forward to say she and a friend may have been victimized by Lawrence Joseph Brown in the 1970s prompted one of the four Department of Mental Health evaluators to change her opinion with the finding that Brown should be a Sexually Violent Predator. But what put him back behind bars was a minor violation of his parole, as you'll see in the OCDA statement after the jump . . .

Courtesy of the Orange County District Attorney's Office
Lawrence Jeffrey Brown today

November 17, 2010


Based on the media coverage in this case and response by the community, the OCDA and Tustin Police learned of an adult woman early this morning who may have been a child victim of Brown in the late 1970s. An immediate investigation began.

As a  result of this potential new victim, one of the four evaluators from DMH has indicated she will change her opinion with the finding that Brown should be a Sexually Violent Predator
Beginning at approximately 2:30 p.m. today, the Department of Mental Health began faxing approximately 150 pages of evaluations to the Orange County District Attorney's Office (OCDA) regarding the DMH evaluations of Brown.
At approximately 3:30 p.m. this afternoon, DMH did send a letter stating the OCDA could independently review the evaluations and file a petition if the OCDA felt DMH evaluators had made a legal error.
The OCDA reviewed the documents and prepared a petition to present to the court.

The Department of Corrections placed a hold on Brown to keep him in Chino State Prison until 11:59 p.m.

Deputy Warden Richard Alvarado from Chino State Prison overruled that hold, and Brown was released from prison sometime between 4:30 and 5 p.m.
During the time that Brown was being released, the OCDA was attempting to file the petition in court regarding the a legal error by DMH
As the inmate had already been released, the petition was no longer valid.

As a term of Brown's parole, he was prohibited from riding in any vehicle with any female. He was also ordered to report immediately to his parole agent upon release.
Teams of OCDA Investigators, Tustin Police Department officers, and Parole agents had pre-prepared a plan to follow Brown upon his release and monitor him 24 hours a day until he checked in with his parole agent
OCDA Investigators followed Brown upon his release at approximately 5 p.m. and determined that Brown was in violation of his parole by riding in a vehicle with Ruby Huggler, the Tustin woman with whom he previously stayed during his brief parole in April 2010
At approximately 5:29 p.m. today, OCDA Investigators and Tustin police officers performed a traffic stop of the inmate's vehicle and took him in to custody for violating his parole.

Brown is currently being transported back to Chino State Prison for the parole violation.

With the new finding by the fourth evaluator, the OCDA now has three "positive" evaluations, allowing the OCDA to file an SVP petition.
Update, November 17, 6:50 p.m.: Chasen Marshall reports from the media circus outside of the Tustin home Brown was supposedly set to return to today--he speaks with some rattled parents and concerned residents

Update, November 17, 6:25 p.m.: A new victim has come forward.

Lawrence Jeffrey Brown is back in jail tonight due to violation of his parole. Another female victim has come forward, who recognized the photograph of Brown as someone who had not only preyed on her but also a friend in the late 1970s.

Update, November 17, 6 p.m.: Lawrence Joseph Brown will not be released today due to unspecified violation of parole. More details to come.

Update, November 17, 2:40 p.m.: "Sickened Citizen" just posted the following comment about the impending release from prison of convicted little girl raper Lawrence Joseph Brown: "This guy is going to be located at 13071 Red Hill in Tustin. There are a ton of people there now. It's packed with police and new agencies."

The blog responder also provided a just-released community alert from the Tustin Police Department.

"Brown will register as a transient in Santa Ana, Irvine or Tustin. When he meets with his Parole Officer, he will specify the area he will stay in. Brown is likely to frequent the home located at 13071 Red Hill in Tustin. As a condition of his parole, Brown is not allowed to be at this locatin during school hours and he is not allowed to own or possess a van, SUV or similar vehicle."

Here is a link to the alert.

"Sickened Citizen" ends by asking, "Don't you all feel so much safer now? What a joke."

Update, November 17, 10:30 a.m.: The Orange County District Attorney's Office announced this morning that Brown will be released into the local community before the end of the business day today.

Authorities say Brown, who they believe will hurt another child, will be released to Irvine, Tustin or Santa Ana today. The KTLA Morning News reported today that the Tustin home of Brown's supposed girlfriend is among the places the predator could land.

Cops and the DA blasted the state's Department of Mental Health for not designating Brown a sexual violent predator, which would have kept him committed in a psychiatric hospital once he was finished with his sentence.

The latest from the DA follows:

Lawrence Joseph Brown, 52

WHEN: Today, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010, before the close of business

WHAT: Will be released from Chino State Prison today. He is required to report to his parole agent by Friday, Nov. 19, 2010. Brown is expected to return to Orange County upon his release, but his city of residence will not be determined until he registers with a police department no later than five business days from the date of release.

Brown is a violent, convicted sex offender who has served 25 years of a 49-year sentence for brutally sexually assaulting two young girls after kidnapping them in broad daylight. The Department of Mental Health has failed to submit a Request to File a Petition to the Orange County District Attorney's Office (OCDA), making it legally impossible for the OCDA to file a Sexually Violent Predator petition to have Brown civilly committed.

Original item, November 16: Local law enforcement, led by the District Attorney's Office, is hopping mad that 52-year-old Lawrence Joseph Brown is scheduled to be released to Orange County from Chino State Prison tomorrow after serving 25 years of a 49-year sentence for brutally raping two young girls after kidnapping them in broad daylight.

"Please help me spread the word to everyone in California that a few unelected, unreviewable, anonymous bureaucrats and psychologists have decided that starting November 17, a dangerous, violent sex offender will be a free man to walk the streets of Orange County and prey upon our children," DA Tony Rackauckas said at a press conference today.

T-Rack was accompanied by state Sen. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana), Tustin Police Chief Scott Jordan and Santa Ana Police Chief Paul Walters.

Early in the evening of April 19, 1983, Brown abducted an 8-year-old girl who was playing hide-and-seek near her Santa Ana home with friends. Then 24, 5 feet 11 and 205 pounds, Brown pulled his 57-pound victim into his red van as she kicked and screamed to get away. He then drove her to an unknown location, parked the van and forced her to orally copulate him before removing her underwear and raping her. He left semen on her clothing before driving her to a parking lot and dumping her off, telling her to go home and warning that he would return and hurt her if she told anyone what happened.

The assault prompted the Santa Ana Police Department to launch a massive search for the unknown predator and investigate more than 100 red vans as possible leads. Then, at about 7:45 a.m. on Oct. 5, 1983, Brown kidnapped a 7-year-old girl walking to school in Santa Ana. He approached the 34-pound immigrant from Cambodia, picked her up, covered her screaming mouth and nose with his hands and stuffed her in his red van. He drove her to a cemetery, opening the door wide enough for her to see as he told her he'd kill her and bury her with other children there who had not listened to him.

After driving around for awhile, Brown eventually stopped, pulled the girl to the back of the van with him and through threats to her, her family and with a knife to her chest, slapped her, ordered her to strip, rubbed her chest and crotch and began to rape her. But her small size frustrated him, so he forcibly sodomized her as she cried. He then forced his penis in her mouth and ejaculated, causing her to vomit. He dumped her off near a market, again threatening to kill her and her family if she told anyone what happened.

Brown was eventually caught when his red van was recognized as being the one used in the crimes.

After the jump, read the full Rackauckas statement and his agency's release on the freeing of Brown, in English and Spanish.

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