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.”
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