Pedophile wants out of Mental Hospital

Twice-convicted pedophile Sid Landau wants out of a mental hospital he is being held in, even though he was one of the first sex offenders in California targeted by Megan’s Law. Landau was one of the first sex offenders to be targeted in California by this law, which derives its name from Megan Kanka, a 7-year-old New Jersey girl who was sexually assaulted and killed in 1994 by a previously convicted sex offender. This horrible crime led to the creation of state and federal Megan’s Laws that allow police to provide notification when high-risk sex offenders move into neighborhoods. After his later arrest for assaulting a cameraman and serving more time for parole violations, Landau was about to be released in 2000, but was flagged as a sexually violent predator and later committed to a mental hospital for treatment.

Now 70 years old, Landau is fighting to reverse that designation and get out of the mental hospital where he has been for several years. Under a 1996 law, offenders who are convicted of a sexually violent offense, have at least one victim and are diagnosed with a mental disorder that makes them likely to re-offend can be committed to a mental hospital for treatment after a rigorous legal process that involves findings by doctors, a judge and a jury. Offenders are re-evaluated each year and can request a hearing to challenge the findings.

Before his final release in 2000, prison officials referred him for evaluation as a sexually violent predator. In 2010, a state psychologist concluded he could be safely released under supervision because of his age and Landau petitioned for his release, but the director of the Coalinga State Hospital disagreed with the doctor’s assessment.

Despite his age, Landau remains a danger to society and has refused treatment while at Coalinga, said Dan Wagner, the Orange County deputy district attorney handling the case.
“Through the years he’s even by his own admission molested at least 10 children and we think the number is quite higher than that. The amount of damage this man has done is just staggering,” Wagner said. “He’s unchanged, he still is attracted to little boys and we’re convinced that … if he were to be released he’d be molesting again in a short amount of time.”


About mamaheartfilled

I am a mother of eight wonderfully challenging children and nine grandkids, of whom I am very proud. I am also a bi-vocational ordained evangelical minister, and a Christian Counselor. I received my B.S. degree in 2004, studying primarily in the areas of Psychology, with minors in Religion and English. I received my Masters Degree in 2009 in Psychological Counseling with an emphasis in Christian Counseling. I have endeavored to paraphrase the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, for the last ten years or so and am working on a final edit, now. It is my hope that it will be of some use in the great commission of Christ. My ministry is primarily geared toward victims of sexual and domestic violence, including victims of childhood sexual abuse, whether currently or in the past. Since I have personally experienced the healing hand of God in overcoming many of the life issues that Christians may face, I feel qualified and compelled to discuss them in a truthful and open manner, as God’s word tells us that “We shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free.” God has brought me through such diverse tribulations as sexual, physical, and mental abuse, being a victim of a drunk driving accident, spousal pornography addiction, adultery, divorce, remarriage, a very brief, though unjust, incarceration, and having experienced multiple miscarriages and various other trials. I have been asked to leave two Southern Baptist Churches, due to my being a female, ordained as a minister, and fired from a SBC sponsored Christian School (mostly white) for speaking out against racial prejudice in the Family of God. Through God’s merciful forgiveness of my own sins and inadequacies and God’s grace given to me to forgive those who have been a stumbling block to me, I have overcome many of these adversities. God’s word tells us that “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to the purposes of God." Since I have this hope, I believe that God has blessed me with the ability to confront and relate these issues to the Christian community around the world. I hope to be able to use my personal experiences as a ministry of God’s grace and in the comforting of the people of God with the truth of God's mercy. I claim II Corinthians 1: 3 & 4 as my calling, which states: “Blessed be God, the Origin of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Origin of mercies, and the God of comfort; who comforts us in all our troubles, that we may be able to comfort those who are in trouble, by the comfort we ourselves have been given by God.” As I have received the gift of God’s healing, I hope to be able to bring the peace beyond understanding to others with the message of God’s mercy and grace. My love for the Sovereign Lord of my life, Jesus Christ, along with my passion for writing has drawn me to explore these commonly experienced crisis issues from the perspective of my own experience in the hope that I may bring an empathetic and compassionate insight to God’s people. I am now a published author and have several books in publication, including my autobiography, "A Little Redneck Theology." The views expressed in my writings are strictly my own insights, acquired from personal experience and diligent study of the related topics and God’s word concerning them. Though I am an ordained minister, my views should not be considered authoritative. I believe that the Christian community’s ultimate authority is the guidance of the human heart by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
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