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Sexually violent predator moves to Oxford
6/19/2008 By: Melanie Mazur
The La Plata County Sheriff's Office held a meeting Thursday at the Oxford Grange Hall notifying residents that a sexually violent predator has moved to the area.
James Olguin, 44, has moved to 3565 CR 514.
He was convicted of child molesting in Indiana and served most of a 15-year prison sentence there. That was a Class B felony in that state.
Olguin is a native of the area who has returned here to work and be near family, sheriff's deputies said. He is a truck driver working for an excavation company and drives a 1997 white Ford pickup.
Sheriff's deputies and probation officers said he is under constant monitoring at this time and is currently on probation. He cannot be near or in the presence of anyone under 18 and has a 6 p.m curfew unless he is in treatment. Under the 23 conditions placed on his parole, he also cannot possess pornography or drink alcohol, among other stipulations.
About 65 people, including county and state personnel, attended the meeting.
Many neighbors said they appreciated the notice that Olguin has moved to the area, but they still don't like it.
"I'm not diggin' it," said Tony Gelles, who lives nearby and has children in his home. He informed officials at the meeting that both the Ignacio and Bayfield school districts have bus stops near Olguin’s house.
Another neighbor couple said they live 150 feet from Olguin's house and he's concerned for his grandchildren's safety.
"I locked my doors last night for the first time," said the wife, who asked not to use her name.
"Nobody told us anything," said her husband. "Our grandkids are always there."
He asked officials attending the meeting what to do if Olguin comes onto his property.
They said to contact the police immediately.
Olguin's brother, Lawrence Olguin, also is a registered sex offender and is living on the same property as his brother, said Lt. Sean Smith of the sheriff's office.
According to the sheriff's office Web Site, Lawrence Olguin attempted sexual assault on a child.
James Olguin is considered a sexually violent predator in Indiana. Sexually violent predators are considered to have "a higher risk of committing a violent crime within three years" of being released from prison, said an official with the Colorado Department of Justice.
Smith and other officials at the meeting asked neighbors not to harass or threaten Olguin.
"We're much better off if we can track these folks in our community," Smith said.
Olguin currently is allowed only to go to work, treatment, or to do errands approved by his probation officer. He has to register as a sex offender every three months and will be required to do so for the rest of his life.
Officials said Olguin knew his victim in Indiana and molested the child in the child's house. They would not reveal the child's age or sex, but one person at the meeting said she was told the victim was 8 years old.
The offense took place in 2001, Smith said. He had been arrested for a similar offense in 1988, but the charges were dropped. Smith said he had did not know of any other victims or arrests.
Smith said the sheriff's office tries to hold community notification meetings of sexually violent predators within 10 days of them coming to the community, but that it had been about a month since he had arrived. Olguin lived in Ignacio initially, but had moved to CR 514.
The sheriff's office has 89 registered sex offenders in La Plata County, and another 20 or so are registered in the City of Durango, said Corp. Hal Hollis, who supervises sex offenders for the sheriff.
Of those 89, only two are considered dangerous enough to be classified as sexually violent predators, Olguin and Leland McCoy, who lives on Star Crossing in Bayfield.
Fewer than 16 percent of all sexual assaults are ever reported, Hollis added. He said that 78 to 90 percent of all sexual assault victims know the perpetrator.
Smith said the department and probation officers are doing their best to monitor Olguin, but they want to know if he has any contact with any children or teenagers.
Candace Alburn, who works for Durango Counseling Services and attended Thursday's meeting, said she recommends parents in Olguin's neighborhood tell their children not to go near Olguin and not enter his home.
When asked why Olguin is being so tightly supervised, Alburn said it was for the public's safety.
“We don't know what we have,” she said frankly. "It's a community safety issue."
If anyone sees Olguin with or near a child or teenager, deputies asked to be notified at 911 or 385-2900.
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