Gregory Cantrell, Newport Beach Businessman, Loses Child Molestation Appeal

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In December 2003, Orange County businessman Gregory Erik Cantrell repeatedly molested a 12-year-old female relative, but the crimes went undiscovered for four years.

Cantrell was charged and convicted of domestic violence in 2006--winning two days in jail and probation.

The following year prosecutors at the Orange County District Attorney's office learned of the molestations and filed three felony sex crime charges, according to court records.

In 2010, the Newport Beach resident pleaded guilty in exchange for a sweetheart deal and in 2011 Superior Court Judge Daniel B. McNerney sent him to prison.

But the molester--who owns a federal trademark, The Power of Dry, for a carpet cleaning product--wasn't happy with his plea bargain. He hired William J. Kopeny, one of California's best appellate lawyers, to overturn his punishment. His point? He believes he should have been given probation and not a single day of incarceration.

For Justice Raymond Ikola at the California Court of Appeal based in Santa Ana the decision on the complaint was simple: no.

Ikola, while writing the opinion for justices Kathleen O'Leary and Eileen Moore, declared that this appeal was "doomed" from the outset because Cantrell had waived his right to complain about his conviction when he signed the guilty plea and won a sentence reduction of nine years.

"Because the defendant knowingly, voluntarily and intelligently waived his appellate rights nothing remains for our review," declared Ikola.

Upshot: Cantrell, 49, will remain locked inside La Palma Correctional Center in Eloy, Arizona for the remainder of his sentence.

He also must list himself as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

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11 comments
Lonergr
Lonergr

It is a shame that this pitiful excuse for a human being is allowed to freely walk the streets. I see him posting on Facebook daily happy as the flea that he is! He will commit a crime again and hopefully his money won't talk again. Don't you know when you do something like this you change a life forever!

daviddicostanzo
daviddicostanzo

This POS raped my friend, a 21 yr old deaf girl. She didn't file a formal complaint because of the embarrassment she would face in court. I hope this scumbag gets his due and gets his backdoor entered by his big black boyfriend. You better die in prison, Greg. Because when you get out I am coming for you. 9 years in prison will seem like a trip to Disneyland compared to what I have planned for you and your son. His sentence is not nearly enough, but justice will be served.

BillxT
BillxT topcommenter

I know I'm preaching to the choir here, but, this is why the lifetime membership in the I'm a Scumbag Club, these guys don't understand and overwhelmingly won't accept that they did anyrhing wrong, and hence society does what it can to protect itself (ourselves).

NoCuteName
NoCuteName

Why is he incarcerated in Arizona and not CA?  What am I missing here?

 

sisto.leal
sisto.leal

So what happened to the "3 strikes" law?Does it only apply to poor non "White" drug addicts in possession of a dime bag?Your country is really fucked up...to the point where you "White Folks" not only protect,but pamper your 'White Sex Offenders"!!

unhappyfranchisee
unhappyfranchisee

 @daviddicostanzo

" 9 years in prison will seem like a trip to Disneyland compared to what I have planned..."

I believe the reference to 9 years was the amount his sentence was REDUCED.  He only got a 3 year maximum sentence, and could be granted parole before that.

BillxT
BillxT topcommenter

 @daviddicostanzo

 He'll be sequestered, hence we'll be deprived of the poetic justice, ref sisto.leal's resp to NoCuteName, below.

BillxT
BillxT topcommenter

Hm, how many "r"s in anything?  Anyone? Should there be an "x" or a couple of "q"s maybe?

sisto.leal
sisto.leal

 @NoCuteName CDCR is housing its inmates out of state due to prison over-crowding.Also,La Palma CCA is for inmates in need of protection from other inmates!Yeah,they protect child-molesters,keep them safe so that upon release they can be in perfect conditions & carry on about their business of molesting kids!

sisto.leal
sisto.leal

 @ageofknowledge "The following year prosecutors at the Orange County District Attorney's office learned of the molestations and filed( three felony sex crime charges), according to court records"....3 Felony sex crime charges equals 3 strikes...the only difference was the courts gave him a deal...I wonder why??

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