Porterville predator remains in state hospital

(Rigo Moran)

Tulare County jury deems convicted child molester guilty of remaining a Sexually Violent Predator, must remain in state hospital

TULARE COUNTY – A man who was convicted of being a sexually violent predator will stay in the hospital after he was incarcerated there for over a decade.

(Tulare County Sheriff's Office)

On March 10, in the Visalia Division of the Tulare County Superior Court, a jury once again found Rickie Silguero Coronado, 59, of Porterville, to be a Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) under the Sexually Violent Predator Act. This decision came after Coronado appealed his original SVP conviction from 2015.

Coronado’s criminal history includes a 2002 conviction for one count of sodomy by force and two counts of forcible oral copulation of a 15-year-old male victim. He also has a 1999 misdemeanor conviction for oral copulation with a person under 18.

In October 1995, the California Legislature enacted the Sexually Violent Predator Act, effective January 1, 1996. The SVP Act permits civil commitment of dangerous mentally disordered individuals. When describing the underlying purpose of this act, the legislature noted there exists a small – but extremely dangerous group of sexually violent predators – who have diagnosable mental disorders that can be identified while they are incarcerated.

These individuals are not safe to be at large and, if released, represent a danger to the health and safety of others because they are likely to engage in acts of sexual violence. This is why the legislature is  intended to keep these individuals confined and treated until it is determined that they are no longer a threat to society.

Coronado will remain confined in the California Department of State Hospitals for an indeterminate period as part of his civil commitment under the SVP Act.

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