So the L.A. cops find this guy wamdering around in a hospital gown. They pick him up and run a check and find he hasn't registered as a sex offender for the last 36 years. The problem is that I do not remember there being a sex offender registry until the eighties or so. Was there a registry all the way back then? I lived in CA at that time and I don't remember there being one.
Man in hospital gown arrested in Boyle Heights
Police returned him to County-USC Medical Center before finding he hadn't registered as a sex offender in 36 years, officer says.
By Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
July 21, 2008
What began as just an odd sight in Boyle Heights -- a man walking down the sidewalk in a hospital gown -- ended with the man's arrest on suspicion of failing to register as a sex offender 36 years ago.
Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollenbeck Division were driving near Marengo and State streets Saturday afternoon when they spotted Charles Franklin McDuffy, 64, in a hospital gown. According to Officer Mike Lopez, McDuffy had left County-USC Medical Center after having spent three days there.
"He had been waiting for some kind of treatment and got fed up and walked out," Lopez said Sunday. The officers escorted McDuffy back to the hospital and did a routine background check. McDuffy's profile had been flagged, he said.
"There was a hit on the system," Lopez said. "It didn't give any details about what it was, so my partner went back to the station and did more research."
Lopez said they learned that McDuffy was convicted of a sexual assault in 1971 and had failed to register as a sex offender since 1972. By law, people convicted of sex crimes are required to register as sex offenders with local law enforcement agencies before being released back into the community.
"We had an individual who's been out and about for 36 years," Lopez said. "And now he's finally in custody."
Lopez said McDuffy received medical treatment and then was turned over to the Los Angeles County sheriff's infirmary. His bail was set at $20,000, according to authorities. Sex crime detectives are set to review McDuffy's case today for further investigation.