Landau was the first sexual registrant to be "outed" under Megan's Law and has spent a dozen years in mental hospitals after being labeled a "violent sexual predator" by the State of California.
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By Tracy Wilson
Los Angeles Times - November 17, 2000
A Ventura County Superior Court judge is expected to rule today on whether authorities can continue to hold a convicted rapist in a state mental hospital until a jury decides whether he is likely to offend again. Ronald Steven Herrera, 55, became one of the state's first parolees to be held under a controversial 1996 law that allows sex offenders to be locked up in psychiatric wards after they've served their prison sentences.
Repeat molester seeks freedom
- 1982: Sid Landau is convicted of lewd acts upon a 9-year-old boy and is sentenced to six years in prison.
- 1988: He is convicted on three counts of child molestation involving an 11-year-old boy and is sentenced to 17 years in prison.
- 1995: California enacts the Sexually Violent Predator Statute, allowing offenders to remain incarcerated after they have served their terms.
- 1996: After serving eight years before being paroled, Landau moves into a Placentia house.
- 1996: California enacts Megan's Law, giving the public access to previously confidential sexoffender information.
- 1997:Under Megan's Law, police notify neighbors of Landau's past. Plagued by picketing and death threats, Landau moves to a new residence in Placentia and gets the same community response. He moves several more times under continuing pressure and threats before being imprisoned on a parole violation after he shoves a TV photographer.
- 1998: After his next release, Landau is chased out of residences in Anaheim after neighborhood protests when police disclose his whereabouts.
- 1999: Landau is sent back to prison for violating his parole after state officials determine that he violated curfew and failed to meet with a parole officer.
- 2000: Landau is transferred to Atascadero State Mental Hospital, after serving maximum time in prison, when Orange County District Attorney's Office files a sexually violent predator petition against him.
- 2006: A hearing begins and will determine whether Landau should be kept locked up in a mental hospital as dangerous, or be set free.
By Alex Brant-Zawadzki
OC Weekly - June 22, 2006
By Dana Parsons
Child Molester Sid Landau
Public defender Sara Ross, telling the Associated Press Landau's advancing age and health make him eligible for for release into the community:
After serving seven years of his initial 15-year sentence, Landau was released. That's when he became the Meghan's Law Poster Boy. The Placentia Police Department released his name and address, and he was then hounded from residence to residence. He sued in federal court, claiming Placentia cops violated his right to privacy. He lost.
The parole violations sparked a trial to send Landau back inside. The first jury deadlocked 11-1 in favor of his release. And second knotted 8-4, again in Landau's favor. That prompted a third trial in March 2008 and this from the Orange County Register's gung-ho columnist Gordon Dillow:
It's a cycle that could be repeated for years and years. And yet, as D.A. spokeswoman Susan Schroeder puts it, "What alternative do we have? We can't just let a dangerous child molester get out. We can't take that chance."
So yes, maybe in some situations it wouldn't be fair to keep a guy locked up after he has served his time.But when it comes to sexually violent predators, it wouldn't be fair to their potential victims to do anything else.
Ain't gonna happen, so we live with what we've got.Landau in 2009 was committed to the Coalinga State Hospital for an indefinite period as a SVP.
Last year, Landau appealed, and the state appellate court found that the judge erred and remanded the case. Orange County Superior Court Judge W. Michael Hayes indicated Landau had done as much as he could to show probable cause to deserve a hearing, scheduling it for October.
He'll once again face spirited opposition, Orange County Deputy District Attorney Dan Wagner confirms to the AP:
"Through the years he's even by his own admission molested at least 10 children and we think the number is quite higher than that. The amount of damage this man has done is just staggering."
CA pedophile wants out of state mental hospital
By Gillian Glaccus
Associated Press - April 20, 2012
Upon his release from prison in the mid-1990s, twice-convicted pedophile Sid Landau moved in with friends in Southern California, hoping for a new start and a chance to fade quietly into the background.
OC child molester Sid Landau gets new trial for possible release
KABC - April 20, 2012
Man classified as violent predator wants his freedom
Landau won a three-year prison sentence after being convicted in 1982 of molesting a 10-year-old Anaheim boy. In 1988, he pleaded guilty to molesting a 9-year-old boy and was sentenced to 17 years in the joint. He served eight years before being paroled in 1996, but he was back in and out of lockup through 1999 for parole violations. Prosecutors in 2000 got Landau declared a sexually violent predator (SVP), which sent him to Atascadero State Mental Hospital.
By that time, Landau had long served as Orange County's poster boy for Megan's Law, the name for laws around the country that provide details about sex offenders in the wake of the 1994 rape and murder of seven-year-old Megan Kanka in New Jersey. While Landau was out of custody, the Placentia Police Department released his name and address, and he was then hounded from residence to residence.
Landau sued in federal court, claiming Placentia cops violated his right to privacy. He lost. At two parole violation trials, juries deadlocked in favor of his release, voting 11-1 and 8-4 respectively. That prompted a third trial in March 2008 previewed by formerWeekly contributor Alex Brant-Zawadzki:
Part of the panel's basis for finding reason for Landau's SVP status is something he sent in December 2003 to the brother and sister-in-law he wants to live with in New York if released: a box of belongings containing pornography. Then there are the 18 boxes he mailed to a relative from 2003-2006 that included pictures of a boy on a bed in underwear and actor Russell Crowe kissing a boy on the forehead, articles about a boy who exposed himself online and children getting lost at water parks and pamphlets on daycare centers, babysitting businesses, Walt Disney World and wholesale toy stores. The justices believe Landau mistakenly included these, wanting to keep them as currency to trade with fellow patients.
But the justices also found Landau has claimed his sex drive ground to a stop because of health issues, which include heart problems and Asperger's syndrome, and that he has vowed to always remain under adult supervision to keep him away from children. His defense has also noted Landau's sister-in-law has pledged a "zero tolerance policy" that would have her immediately contacting authorities should he stray. She and Landau's brother also say they will not allow him to have a dog, as he in the past used pets to lure children, according to the justices.
Another Superior Court hearing on Landau's SVP status is scheduled next Friday, Feb. 22. Meanwhile, the state Supreme Court has been asked to overturn a separate appellate court ruling clearing the way for prosecutors to have a psychological expert interview Landau yet again.