FAIRFIELD — A 60-year-old man was found guilty Monday of two felonies – for failing to register as a sex offender and providing false information – after telling law enforcement he was living along Green Valley Road in Fairfield when he was actually staying with a family member in Vacaville whose house is within a half-mile of an elementary school.
Thomas Walterman Douglas will be sentenced in September after the court trial before Solano County Superior Court Judge Robert Bowers about Douglas’ registration status between Jan. 30 and Feb. 7.
Douglas, who represented himself in the court trial, lived along Colonial Drive before Vacaville police arrested him.
He contended law enforcement harassed him by alerting motels in Vacaville and Sacramento that he was a sex offender staying at lodging in the cities. But motel employees Douglas had subpoenaed testified they learned about his status through the mail or by data the corporate chain had.
A representative of Extended Stay America in Vacaville said in court that the database of the corporate office informed the local site about Douglas’ status. Quality Inn & Suites’ representative testified that Douglas was asked to leave the Sacramento site after the manager recognized a letter Solano County sent Douglas about his sex offender status.
Both employees said the motels were for families and Douglas could not stay there.
Douglas has been convicted of a lewd or lascivious act with a child under 14, according to the Megan’s Law website of the California Department of Justice.
In his closing argument, Douglas stated that officials don’t want sex offenders in Solano County.
“I’ve proven I can get a place,” he said. “I just can’t keep a place.”
Douglas had subpoenaed a Vacaville restaurant owner who testified that employees complained about feeling uncomfortable around Douglas. A worker discovered Douglas was a registered sex offender and the restaurant owner testified about asking Douglas not to return, the restaurant owner said.
Deputy District Attorney Andrew Horvath said in his closing argument that Douglas failed to update his registration and was guilty of providing false information.
Bowers in his decision said that a law enforcement officer warned Douglas at least six times about the consequence of not following the law.
In a separate case, Douglas was arrested in October 2013 as part of enforcement checks on registered sex offenders by the Solano County Sheriff’s Office. He was arrested for alleged violation of terms of his parole.
The Solano County Sheriff’s Office undertakes compliance checks on registered sex offenders to ensure they’re adhering to registration, probation or parole terms.
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