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Registered Sex Offender Released After Being Wrongly Identified As Person on School Grounds

The person on the campus video remains unidentified, authorities said.

Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety detectives in January arrested Theodore Lorigo, 42, of San Jose for being a registered sex offender on school property. He was released and cleared in the case Feb. 24. Courtesy DPS.
Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety detectives in January arrested Theodore Lorigo, 42, of San Jose for being a registered sex offender on school property. He was released and cleared in the case Feb. 24. Courtesy DPS.
By Bay City News Service

A registered sex offender who was believed to be the suspicious person spotted on a Sunnyvale school campus in January has been cleared in the case and is no longer in jail, a prosecutor said today.

Theodore Franklin Lorigo, 42, of San Jose, was released from the Santa Clara County Main Jail on Feb. 24 after prosecutors concluded that he did not visit the South Peninsula Hebrew Day School in Sunnyvale on Dec. 20, Deputy District Attorney Brian Welch said.

A prosecutor assigned to Lorigo's case came to that conclusion after reviewing surveillance video taken at the school and interviewing people who were in the school office that day, Welch said.

Additionally, witnesses could not pick Lorigo out of a lineup to identify him as the person seen on campus, Welch said.

Before the incident at the day school, Lorigo had been attending a synagogue in Los Gatos but the congregation learned he had a criminal record and denied him membership, Welch said. The synagogue also sent out emails to local community members advising them to be on the lookout for him.

Staff at the South Peninsula Hebrew Day School were among the email recipients, and when a suspicious person showed up on the campus on Dec. 20, they thought they recognized the person as Lorigo.

Lorigo was arrested on Jan. 23 and charged, but he denied being on campus and pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of being a registered sex offender on school grounds, Welch said.

Lorigo, who has been a registered sex offender since 2001, was also arrested on suspicion of possessing an altered identification card, a misdemeanor to which he eventually pleaded guilty, Welch said.

The person captured on video at the school was not Lorigo, and that person remains unidentified, Welch said.

"For all we know that person (in the video) was there for a legitimate purpose," Welch said.

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Unk Wes March 13, 2014 at 02:13 PM
This guy is a creap and a jerk, and has probably committed numerous crimes he has never been arrested or convicted for...lets just trash this MfR...
Shelly Stow March 17, 2014 at 06:02 PM
Hey, Unk, I hope you have a nice day too. What I find most appalling is that he was denied synagogue membership due to his past criminal record. In case no one has read the Old Testament lately, it too is a story of sin and forgiveness, trespass and redemption. I know there are Christian congregations that would do the same, and I blush to own it. I can only hope that the majority of synagogues and churches would welcome a fellow sinner in the name of God.
Rod Temple March 18, 2014 at 09:26 AM
This is just more BS in the Sex Offender Witch Hunt. The criminal regime responsible for arresting this person needs to be sued into bankruptcy. Any real American who opposes big government needs to work as hard as possible to limit the amount of money and other resources that they have. The less they have, the less able they are to commit crimes. I would also like to point out that the people who support the panacea Sex Offender Registries (SORs) and resulting BS such as this have STILL miserably failed to get the rest of their Registries created. They don't even have Registries for people who gravely harm children. I will give them a hint about where to start - how about Registering people who shoot children? The people who support the SORs and the BS that they have enabled and promoted obviously don't care that people who have shot children are at schools. They don't care about people who harm children or anyone else - unless it involves sex. The SORs are not REALLY for "public safety", "protecting children", or any of those other lies. They are for harassment.
Shelly Stow March 18, 2014 at 01:44 PM
Rod, your commentary is not totally correct. You say that those who support public registries don't care about people who harm others unless it involves sex. They don't care about children who are harmed even involving sex unless they are harmed by someone who is on a registry. Well over 90% of sexually assaulted children are harmed by those who aren't on any registry, those in their lives, e.g., family members, peers, and authority figures. There is no hue and cry to spend more money--actually, any money--on education and prevention programs that could make a huge difference to those children. Nope, if Cousin Billy molests Sally, we shut our eyes and pretend it doesn't happen and then look at registered sex offenders, who commit no more than 1% of sexual crime against children, and scream to spend more money monitoring them in order to save the children.
Rod Temple March 18, 2014 at 02:23 PM
Shelly: You are exactly right and I've seen you say this same thing many times. -------------------------------------- I refer to the people who support the Sex Offender Registries (SORs) as Registry Terrorists (RTs). What you said is just a perfect example of how hypocritical and lazy the RTs are. Actually protecting children is just not glamorous or fun for them. And they certainly don't want to commit much money or effort to it. They have been endlessly gutting DFCS in the state where I live and are currently debating privatizing it. DFCS is just a waste of money to them. -------------------------------------- Actually protecting children takes work. It is SO much easier just to harass a family about where they live or to jail someone because they didn't report an e-mail address to big government quickly enough. And THAT is what appeases the stupid masses and makes them feel better. -------------------------------------- And as another example of just how hypocritical and lazy the RTs are, if the SORs are so wonderful, there are no excuses not to have so many other Registries. They don't even Register people who shoot other people! RTs say they "have a right to know" about "sex offenders" living near their goodness. They don't. If they did, I would have a right to know about all people who harm other people who live near me. I would certainly have a right to know about people living near me who have shot children. -------------------------------------- I personally think the SORs are idiotic social policy. I think that not only do they not prevent sex crimes but they lead to more being committed and certainly to more crimes in general being committed. Experts have never supported the Registries. Americans have never supported the Registries. But the ignorant, hateful majority of U.S. citizens do. And OF COURSE, pandering politicians and big government law enforcement do. It doesn't matter how useless and counterproductive the Registries are, they will never be big or smart enough to admit it.

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