A convicted sex offender who claims he has killed three boys and molested 200 is being chased by protesters across California in a bizarre game of cat-and-mouse after being released from a psychiatric hospital.
Prosecutors have warned residents they believe 59-year-old Cary Jay Smith remains a “dangerous predator” after more than 20 years in custody.
During court hearings, Smith repeatedly testified that he fantasises about raping young boys and then killing them to avoid detection.
He refers to himself as “Mr RTK”, the initials standing for rape, torture, kill.
Dangerous Sex Offender Recently Released from State Mental Hospital is Residing in Orange. Cary Smith has checked into a Facility in the area of Tustin and Chapman. We immediately set up a surveillance detail and we have consistently monitored Smith since he arrived in Orange. pic.twitter.com/33JUyb6KN4
— Orange Police Department (California) (@CityOfOrangePD) July 17, 2020
Since his release from hospital 10 days ago, police in more than half a dozen cities in California have posted warnings to their communities about his whereabouts.
Officers were called to one motel to escort him to safety after protesters surrounded the building.
“The fact that he is being released back into our community in unconscionable,” said Michelle Steel, chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors.
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“We must take this threat to our community very seriously and ensure everyone is aware of this individual’s grave threat to our children.”
Smith was sent to a psychiatric hospital in 1999 after his wife provided a letter in which he had described sex acts he wanted to perform on a seven-year-old boy.
Evaluations found that he poses a “demonstrated danger of inflicting substantial physical harm” to children.
He pleaded guilty to a 1985 misdemeanour charge involving a child and was required to register as a sex offender, but that requirement was removed in 2005.
As a result, police say, he is not being supervised and is not bound by any restrictions.
“This sexual predator has repeatedly testified under oath that he will re-offend and we should believe him,” said Orange County district attorney Todd Spitzer.
“We will do everything we can to prevent another child from being harmed.”
.@SDSheriff is monitoring a sex offender released by Coalinga State Hospital two weeks ago to ensure the safety of our communities. 59-year-old Cary Jay Smith is staying at a motel in the North County. He’s moved around Orange and Riverside Counties since his release. pic.twitter.com/mtPhzJSrS7
— San Diego Sheriff (@SDSheriff) July 19, 2020
While detained in hospital, Smith was entitled to a civil trial every six months to show that he no longer posed a danger to society.
It was during one of those hearings that he claimed he had killed three boys and molested dozens. It is not clear if the claim has ever been substantiated.