H-SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

Apr 8, 2013 9:39 PM by April Hansen, KSBY News

Karsai released by April 18, won't have a permanent address

A sexually violent predator is set to be released into Santa Barbara County within the next 10 days as a transient.

Tibor Karsai was convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl in Northern California and served 30 years in prison.

He is currently in a mental hospital in Placer County.

As a transient, he won't have a permanent home.

Karsai will be listed on Megan's Law, which is a list of sexual predators in California, but because he is a transient, there won't be a permanent address next to his name, which will make it more difficult for the public to know where he is living. Unlike many other states, California doesn't have multiple sex offender categories. Instead, the amount of information that is given about them on Megan's Law is based on their conviction.

Just by doing a quick search on your computer you can find out how many registered sex offenders are in your community and neighborhood.

In Santa Maria alone, there are more than 150 registered sex offenders and 123 of them list exact addresses.

"They do determine that only the most significant ones will be on the website," said Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley.

Dudley says Tibor Karsai will be on that list, but as a transient with no permanent address.

"Releasing him in that population without the supervision, the communities' needs and his needs increases the risk factor of him reoffending," said Dudley.

Karsai is in the one percent of sex offenders in California that are considered the worst of the worst, but he will be released as a transient and the community won't know where he's living.

"They should never release sexually violent predators as transients," said Dudley.

Liberty Healthcare Services will be supervising Karsai and he is required to register with local law enforcement every 30 days, but Dudley says it's not enough.

"They need to be closely watched, they need supervision, they need a home and a place law enforcement can go to find them," said Dudley.

Karsai is only the second sexually violent predator to be released as a transient in California and District Attorney Dudley plans to change that law.

"Even if he isn't deemed to be a risk now, having him homeless will put him in a position that will increase his risk factor and I think the whole community is certainly vulnerable," said Dudley.

Karsai is set to be released by April 18th.

District Attorney Dudley says local law enforcement will get information on his whereabouts and it will be up to them to notify the community.

Liberty Medical Services will be watching over Karsai and he will receive treatment and supervision by staff, specialized sex offender treatment, weekly drug screenings, surveillance and a GPS device.

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