DA Dismisses Case vs. Cross-Dressing Sex Offender on Campus

By Lisa Fernandez
|  Monday, Mar 10, 2014  |  Updated 9:11 AM PDT
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Sunnyvale Police Arrest Sex Offender, Seek Information

Sunnyvale Police Department

Theodore Lorigo, a registered sex offender since 2001, had a trespassing case against him.

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Sunnyvale Police Arrest Sex Offender, Seek Information

Sunnyvale police are asking the public if they have had any recent contact with a registered sex offender who was arrested last week. George Kiriyama reports.
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The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office has dismissed a trespassing charge against a  cross-dressing sex offender who witnesses said walked onto a Jewish school campus, but was turned away by the headmaster.

"After significant followup investigation, everyone determined we could not make an ID," Deputy District Attorney Rebekah Wise told NBC Bay Area on Monday. "We did not have the right person."

The charge against Theodore Lorigo, 42, who is a registered sex offender, was dismissed on Feb. 24, after he was arrested Jan. 23 by the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety.

But Lorigo did plead guilty to forging a government identification, Wise said, which was discovered on him when he was arrested. Wise said he had changed his identification to reflect his self-selected female name without going through the proper legal channels.

Records indicate that Lorigo had been seen attending religious classes at other synagogues in the recent past, likely putting Jewish campuses on high alert. According to police, Lorigo walked onto the South Peninsula Hebrew Hebrew Day School campus in January, setting off a "red flag" for the headmaster.

But there was "insufficient evidence," Wise said, to show that Lorigo had ever visited that school.

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