Pablo Espinoza, a 58-year-old registered sex offender, was arrested on Wednesday May 15 after allegedly loitering near Sexton High School in Lansing, according to a recent news article at Mlive.com. Espinoza was arraigned on Thursday on two misdemeanor offenses including loitering in a student safety zone and wearing a mask to commit a crime.
At approximately 4 p.m. on Wednesday, someone reported a suspicious individual at the school who was described as “pacing back and forth.” Espinoza was reportedly wearing winter apparel which included gloves, a hat and scarf, and jacket even though the temperature was about 80 degrees. Lansing police officers were dispatched to the school located at 102 McPherson Ave. where they found the suspect on a sidewalk near the baseball field. After determining that Espinoza was a registered sex offender, he was arrested. Registered sex offenders are not allowed to be within a student safety zone, which is described as any area within 1,000 feet of school property.
According to court records Espinoza has been a registered sex offender for about 15 years, with convictions in Ingham County in 1991 and 1998 for offenses related to criminal sexual conduct.
Espinoza’s pretrial conference is scheduled before Lansing District Judge Patrick Cherry for May 30; he was jailed on $7,500 bond.
Michigan sex crime lawyers know that an individual who is a registered sex offender must not go within a specific distance of schools, otherwise they will face additional punishment. In this case, Espinoza may be ordered to pay $500 in fines and spend up to 93 days in jail due to the fact that he was wearing a mask in order to allegedly commit a crime.
Individuals who have been accused of any sex-related offense must consult with a talented Michigan sex crime attorney right away. Being convicted of criminal sexual conduct or any offense that may leave you labeled as a sex offender will negatively impact many aspects of your life, not to mention the real possibility of spending years behind bars.