Corona police on Saturday issued a community alert after a man described by authorities as a dangerous sex offender relocated from the city of Orange to Riverside County.
In a tweet published at 10 a.m., the Corona Police Department said 59-year-old Cary Jay Smith was “currently” in that city, adding that officers “are watching Smith while he is in Corona to ensure the safety of the community.”
The agency noted that Smith, a former Costa Mesa resident who was released from a state mental hospital earlier this week, “is not on any form of supervised release or required to register as a sex offender. Smith can move around without restrictions.”
In 1985, Smith pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor sexual offense involving a child and was compelled to register as a sex offender; that requirement was removed by the state in 2005. (ABC News)