BRAWLEY, CA - Residents in Brawley are concerned about a registered violent sex offender - who is petitioning the courts to lift his restrictions.
59-year-old Richard Horn has been convicted for raping a 17-year-old girl. Horn also has two other convictions for sexual assault and kidnapping. Horn's public defender out of Fresno claims his client, a known violent sex predator, has successfully been treated for his illness and no longer has the urge to rape other women.
KSWT News 13 has learned if the judge rules in favor to lift his restrictions that means Horn would no longer have anyone assigned to keeping a close eye on him.
Horn was convicted of raping a 17-year-old girl in San Diego back in 1984. Horn also has two other prior convictions for sexual assault and kidnapping.
Since Horn lives in Brawley Imperial County District Attorney Heather Trapnell tells KSWT News 13 they too have gone before a judge to argue that horn should remain in supervised conditional release. "At this point in time he still has to report regularly to a probation person. He has to report all his activities. He does have to submit to regular polygraph exams, he has to report any contacts he has with women he does not know. He is not supposed to contact any children. There is a lot of restrictions like that which would be lifted if the petition is granted," says Trapnell.
At this time, it is not known when the judge will issue a ruling. If Horn's restrictions are lifted prosecutors in both Fresno and Imperial Counties plan to challenge the ruling by seeking a jury trial.
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