Friday, April 5, 2013

Riverside City College's Student Body President Is A Sex Offender, and People Are Surprisingly Cool About It

Posted By on Fri, Apr 5, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Being a sex offender is perfectly okay and doesn't violate the constitution of the Associated Students at Riverside City College, according to a statement quoted in The Indian Express

The Indian Express reports, via the Associated Press:

When flyers appeared at Riverside City College this week saying the student body president is a sex offender, students thought it was a cruel prank. They were stunned when they learned it's true.

Doug Robert Figueroa, 40, who was elected to a one-year term at the California college in May, pleaded guilty in 2005 to kidnapping and lewd and lascivious acts with a boy under 14, the Riverside Press Enterprise newspaper reported Wednesday. His five-year prison term was suspended, and he's serving 10 years' probation.

Figueroa told the newspaper in an e-mail that he has not tried to hide his past.

Why administration didn't step in when Figueroa was running for student body president is beyond me. Maybe they just didn't want to, but they definitely knew about Figueroa's criminal background. According to the statement quoted in the Express, administration had asked Figueroa "not to engage in activities that violate his probation," so he stayed away from Halloween and Easter celebrations on campus.

Figueroa said that the school believes in rehab and that he's dedicated to changing his life.

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