Alert to all of Orange County. This is Cary Smith from Costa Mesa.
He is a convicted sex offender and could possibly have been released back into the streets of OC at this moment, exact whereabouts unknown.
Orange County officials have kept an eye on his case and have been trying to keep him locked up for nearly 20 years.
Cary Smith is a bad guy and a danger to the public.
According to the OC Register : Smith had initially been placed in the state’s custody in 1999 after his then-wife turned over a letter to authorities that he wrote expressing his urge to kidnap and molesting and molest a 7-year-old boy his Costa Mesa neighborhood.
Every six months, Smith is allowed to argue for his freedom in court during a civil trial.
And during each trial, hospital and medical officials, along with Orange County counsel, have continued to seek the renewal of the hold, a pattern that has kept Smith locked up in mental institutions since the 1999 incident. But Deputy County Counsel Robert Ervais said this time, the state hospital did not send a petition to renew the “5300 hold” against Smith, allowing the hold to expire Saturday.
Ervais said Saturday said that over the past 20 years, Smith continued to meet the criteria of the 5300 statute, which states a person must be held if they have “demonstrated danger of inflicting substantial physical harm upon others,” due to a mental disorder.
John and Ken will speak to the boy's mother Wednesday afternoon at 4pm. Check out Corbin Carson's twitter post on this case below.