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Man convicted of failing to register as sex offender

Thomas Waterman Douglas

Thomas Walterman Douglas (Courtesy photo)

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From page A5 | August 20, 2014 |

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.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or rmccarthy@dailyrepublic.net.

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  • Skeptic ScroogeAugust 19, 2014 - 1:17 am

    Yet so many more unregistered are outside your Childs bedroom as you sleep, keep feeding the predators and of course they stay. Many are homeless, some by choice. Do you think the sex offender in the RV parked on street is registered to your address? You had no idea, because they dont prosecute enough of these cases.

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  • BAugust 19, 2014 - 8:05 am

    Pedophiles should be shot on site. They deserve nothing better than death.

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  • Learn English, it's easyAugust 19, 2014 - 6:56 pm

    sight

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  • CD BrooksAugust 19, 2014 - 7:02 pm

    Learn English, it's easy, for those new to the site, we made a simple rule a few years back. We don't challenge typos, misspellings and punctuation. We can usually figure out what folks are trying to say.

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  • Rita GoldenAugust 19, 2014 - 9:04 pm

    I totally agree CD Brooks!

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  • Rita GoldenAugust 19, 2014 - 9:06 pm

    hahahahaha but "site" is the correct word. hahahahaha

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  • BAugust 20, 2014 - 8:01 am

    Learn english? You cant even capitalize English. Furthermore, I used the correct form of the word. Perhaps someone else should learn English, it appears I know it better than you.

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  • Learn English, it's easyAugust 20, 2014 - 9:55 am

    No you didn't. "site" is a location, "sight" means coming into view. Further more, I do not pretend moral high ground. It is a fact premeditated killing is a serious major crime, even for a self-appointed, self-righteous, misguided clown.

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  • BAugust 20, 2014 - 11:26 am

    Hence why "shot on location", on SITE, is the correct word. Moron.

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  • BSAugust 19, 2014 - 8:22 am

    Most molests are committed by family members. So it's not just the person lurking outside, it's most often the people you invite in to your home

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  • J-DoeAugust 19, 2014 - 12:43 pm

    And then bog down the legal system as they prolong sentencing and retry cases again and again and then cut pay to low level employees while Judges get fat and live comfortably. Look at the murderer of Matt Garcia and the comvicted pedophile Jason Edwards cases. How many trials do these crap bags get?

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  • P.J.August 19, 2014 - 8:24 am

    I visit Louisiana a lot, and I am amazed that in the personal ads in the paper is a "photo" of the sex offender being released (must have an address or no release). It says, "I, so and so, am a registered sex offender being released at, such and such address." NOW...I know a lot of people who think Cajuns are dumb (TV), but this is one smart law!!! AND they are checked on frequently.

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  • Get Wise Be HappyAugust 19, 2014 - 11:24 am

    Don't let your lips and your lives preach two different messages. Vigilantism threatens the democratic notions of fairness, justice, and due process. The vigilante mind-set is the opposite of the due process mind-set. Anger, fear, and the need for vengeance drive vigilantes to act, but their reactive and impulsive nature can have negative consequences. Lack of legal procedures or concerns for punishment proportionality can lead to unfairness, overly harsh sanctions, and the inability to prove one’s innocence. In trying to dispense what they consider necessary justice, vigilantes often become victimizers themselves, entangled in a cycle of violence and justifications.

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  • BAugust 19, 2014 - 11:56 am

    You pretend "moral high ground" tree hugging liberals are the reasons animals like this get away with it and continue to hurt children once theyre free. Pedophiles do not get rehabilitated. When they are found guilty and/or confess, a bullet to the head is the only right they should have. Anyone who supports them can have the same fate as far as Im concerned. Lets see how much "justice" and "due process" you want if some monster's actions strike close to home. Ill bet the house youll quickly turn to vigilantism.

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  • Seriously?August 20, 2014 - 9:58 am

    "In his closing argument, Douglas stated that officials don’t want sex offenders in Solano County." SHOCKER! I can't name one person who would want sex offenders coming in and making them selves all cosy and at home, ANYWHERE! Does he seriously expect some sympathy here? Disgusting! I'll save my sympathies for his victim thank you.

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