Convicted child molester paroled |

Convicted child molester paroled

Christina Proctor

After a day and a half of deliberation, the jury returned late Wednesday evening with the decision that Kevin Hurtado is not a sexually violent predator.

Hurtado was released and ordered to return to Alameda County where he will finish his remaining year and half of parole.

A convicted child molester, Hurtado went through two trials in El Dorado County Superior Court under the sexually violent predator act. The law allows counties to civilly commit former sex offenders – who are classified as sexually violent predators by a judge or jury – for periods of at least two years in a secured state mental facility. Hurtado’s first trial ended April 26 in a hung jury, with nine of the 12 jurors voting in favor of Hurtado’s recommitment.

Hurtado was convicted in 1988 and again in 1992 of orally copulating and masturbating 10- and 11-year-old boys. He spent six years in prison for his convictions. He was scheduled to be released on parole in May of 1998 when the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office brought their first case for commitment. Hurtado had been a resident of the El Dorado County Jail for more than year before his release this week.

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