Maybe his callous disregard for Trish Todd is not an isolated issue after all. One of the worst bills I’ve seen in the last decade featured John Moorlach who appears to be extremely weak on Law enforcement issues particpating in making our children less safe from predators. Read all about this disaster here.
John Moorlach did the following:
Moorlach Voted Aye – Public Safety Committee 4/9/19
Moorlach took a walk – Senate Floor 5/28/19
Just what was SB145? We will defer to the Senate GOP Caucus:
Senate Bill 145 – State Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Susan Eggman (D-Stockton)
With their Senate Bill 145, California Democrats Senator Wiener and Assemblymember Eggman state they are trying to shield LGBT young people from having to automatically register as sex offenders for specified sex crimes. But the bill they have introduced does much more than that.
SB 145 would allow a sex offender who lures a minor with the intent to commit a felony (i.e. a sex act) the ability to escape registering as a sex offender as long as the offender is within 10 years of age of the minor. No specification is made as to whether the sexual offender is straight or LGBT.
The issue here is that the author’s press release states the bill is intended to bring parity in who has to register as a sex offender and who doesn’t, stipulating that: “SB 145 does not apply to intercourse of any kind with minors who are age 14 or younger. For those crimes, mandatory sex offender registration will continue to be the case for all forms of intercourse.” But the actual text of the bill goes much further than that.
As written, SB 145 would add a section to the state’s penal code (Section 290.55) stipulating that as long as the offender is “not more than 10 years older than the minor,” they are not automatically mandated to register as a sex offender.
Heterosexual or homosexual sex is not specified, nor is any age limit or range specified (except for existing law that already excludes lewd acts with children under 14). SB 145 would open the door for adults to victimize minors by luring them with the intent to have sex and then shielding the predator from being automatically registered as a sex offender.
For example, under SB 145, a 25-year-old luring a 15-year-old, a 22-year-old luring a 12-year-old, or an 19-year-old luring a 9-year-old would be shielded under the proposed legislation.
In plainer words, certain sexual predators will be able to live among us without our being aware and teens, often the most vulnerable victims of sexual predators, will be even more vulnerable.
Because of the manner in which our sexual assault statutes are written there is a difference between heterosexual acts and homosexual ones; we separate different acts by their type: rape, sodomy, oral copulation, penetration by a foreign object, lewd and lascivious conduct, etc. This separation has many benefits but it also has some issues.
SB 145 is not just a bill to bring parity to the LGBT community when it comes to sex offender registration. The actual effect of SB 145 would be to shield predators who lure minors into having sex from having to register as sex offenders. The unintended consequences will leave vulnerable teens unprotected from adults seeking to lure them into being sexually victimized.
I am actually shocked that the Orange County Deputy Sheriffs (people Moorlach once called thugs) did not blow Moorlach to kingdom come over this. Beyond the intransigence of the Orange County Republican Party endorsing this guy despite the cover-up of the rape of Trish Todd, I am not sure how they can justify their support of John Moorlach given this action. (Let alone billions in tax increases and verifiable hypocrisy on government largess in his own life)
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