Orange County, CA — One issue that persistently arises within the criminal justice system is rehabilitation. More specifically, when is a convicted criminal fit to rejoin society? For some crimes the answer would seem to be that once the individual completes their sentence they are allowed to return to society, in some cases with temporary restrictions. In other cases, a convicted criminal is deemed to be such a threat to others or to themselves they receive a sentence or death or of life imprisonment, or are ordered to receive psychiatric care until such time as they are deemed safe.
The trial of Kevin Reilly, 57, was scheduled to begin in Orange County Superior Court on Wednesday. Reilly, who has been convicted twice on child molestation charges, is not facing new criminal charges, but is petitioning for release from the Coalinga State Hospital where is currently being treated after completing his prison term.
Reilly’s first conviction came in 1983, when he pleaded guilty to molesting two girls in Tustin and to kidnapping his daughter when he fled the state before going to trial. He was also convicted of sex crimes against two other children while police were looking for him. The second conviction was for molesting his 4-year-old daughter in 1998.
The prosecutor in the second case filed a petition requesting that Reilly be declared a “Sexually Violent Predator,” and Reilly has been confined in state mental health facilities since 2000. However, Reilly is now seeking release from prison, claiming that following his voluntary surgical castration and years of psychiatric treatment that he is no longer a threat to children. This trial follows a mistrial that resulted from a hung jury in July.
Like many other crimes, a conviction on sex crimes charges can result in more than just jail time, probation, and fines, it can have negative personal consequences well beyond your release. Additionally, people convicted of sex crimes are often forced to register as sex offenders. While in some cases it is possible to remove someone’s name from the sex offender registry once they’ve completed their court ordered obligations, in other cases the registration is permanent.
At the Law Office of Michael L. Guisti, our team of expert criminal defense attorneys have a thorough knowledge of the law regarding sex crimes and sex offender registration. Crimes like rape, child molestation, and sexual assault are heinous, but everyone who has been accused of a crime has the right to defend themselves in court. Our staff is dedicated to providing high quality legal counsel to each of our clients and in our 16 years of practicing law in Southern California, we’ve built a strong reputation for having the charges against our clients reduced or dismissed.
Whatever you’ve been charged with, facing the prospect of criminal proceedings is frightening. Our firm is dedicated to helping you keep your life on track while you fight charges of DUI, assault and battery, theft, fraud, and other crimes.
As we’ve built up our practice in Orange County, we’ve come to know and love its diverse communities from Brea to San Clemente, from Los Alamitos to Orange and everywhere in between. Our commitment to serving our community means that we’ve build strong connections to local courts and prosecutors to ensure our clients receive the best possible defense. We maintain offices in Santa Ana, Irvine, Newport Beach, and Garden Grove in order to be closer to our clients and Orange County’s courthouses. We also offer foreign language assistance should our clients need it.
So if you’ve been charged with a crime in Orange County, call the Law Office of Michael L. Guisti any time at (714) 707-2797 or click the “Contact Us” link at the top of the page.
Puente, Kelly. “O.C. castrated child molester says he’s no longer a danger, seeks release.” http://www.ocregister.com/articles/reilly-638696-children-state.html. Orange County Register. October 15, 2014.