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Vista child grabber gets four years prison

Admitted kidnap of girl outside library and punching her sister

Sasseen's record goes back to 1979.
Sasseen's record goes back to 1979.

A 60-year-old homeless man admitted trying to kidnap one small child and then beating up her teenaged sister who had intervened. In a plea deal, Alan Ray Sasseen will get four years in California State prison.

A prosecutor dismissed two other felonies, child abuse and making criminal threat. There were two other, active criminal cases for Sasseen, battery and indecent exposure, and time for those offenses will run concurrently with the four-year term.

Sasseen assaulted two children, 12 and 16 years old, after they left a public library in Vista, on February 17, 2018.

On the plea form, Sasseen admitted: “I did forcibly and by means of instilling fear, unlawfully attempt to take LB to another place, and LB was under 14 years of age at the time. And did unlawfully commit an assault upon JO by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury.”

Court records show that an attorney for Sasseen was considering a mental illness defense. The minutes of the court hearing on November 16, 2018, when the plea deal was decided upon, state: “Defendant withdraws his previously entered Not guilty by reason of insanity plea. Therefore, the order for defendant to undergo (mental) examination is vacated. Doctors have been notified.”

In 1979, when Sasseen was 20 years old, he was arrested in San Diego for shooting at an occupied dwelling, vandalism, possessing hashish, and exhibiting a deadly firearm; he pleaded guilty to brandishing a firearm as a misdemeanor and got 12 days jail and three years unsupervised probation.

In 2003, when he was 44 years old, Sasseen was arrested for DUI. He pleaded guilty as a misdemeanor and got unsupervised probation. He violated probation 9 months later.

In 2006, when he was 47 years old, Sasseen got another DUI; he was sentenced to four days jail and four years unsupervised probation. Four months later he violated probation.

In 2015 he was 57 years old when arrested for battery and making loud noise. He was in jail for a year and half and pleaded guilty to making unreasonable noise as a misdemeanor. Within weeks of his release he violated his unsupervised probation.

In early 2018 he was arrested for battery and indecent exposure; Sasseen must have been released on his own recognizance, because he was at liberty two weeks later when he committed his most recent crime, that is, attacking the two little girls leaving the library.

A report in his court file stated: “Mr. Sasseen was scored on the Static-99R, which is an actuarial measure of risk for sexual offense recidivism. This instrument has been shown to be a moderate predictor of sexual re-offense potential. (In a 2016 recidivism study in California, it accurately predicted risk of re-offense about 77 percent of the time.)” Sasseen’s score was two, which according to the report put his risk level at “average.”

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Sasseen's record goes back to 1979.
Sasseen's record goes back to 1979.

A 60-year-old homeless man admitted trying to kidnap one small child and then beating up her teenaged sister who had intervened. In a plea deal, Alan Ray Sasseen will get four years in California State prison.

A prosecutor dismissed two other felonies, child abuse and making criminal threat. There were two other, active criminal cases for Sasseen, battery and indecent exposure, and time for those offenses will run concurrently with the four-year term.

Sasseen assaulted two children, 12 and 16 years old, after they left a public library in Vista, on February 17, 2018.

On the plea form, Sasseen admitted: “I did forcibly and by means of instilling fear, unlawfully attempt to take LB to another place, and LB was under 14 years of age at the time. And did unlawfully commit an assault upon JO by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury.”

Court records show that an attorney for Sasseen was considering a mental illness defense. The minutes of the court hearing on November 16, 2018, when the plea deal was decided upon, state: “Defendant withdraws his previously entered Not guilty by reason of insanity plea. Therefore, the order for defendant to undergo (mental) examination is vacated. Doctors have been notified.”

In 1979, when Sasseen was 20 years old, he was arrested in San Diego for shooting at an occupied dwelling, vandalism, possessing hashish, and exhibiting a deadly firearm; he pleaded guilty to brandishing a firearm as a misdemeanor and got 12 days jail and three years unsupervised probation.

In 2003, when he was 44 years old, Sasseen was arrested for DUI. He pleaded guilty as a misdemeanor and got unsupervised probation. He violated probation 9 months later.

In 2006, when he was 47 years old, Sasseen got another DUI; he was sentenced to four days jail and four years unsupervised probation. Four months later he violated probation.

In 2015 he was 57 years old when arrested for battery and making loud noise. He was in jail for a year and half and pleaded guilty to making unreasonable noise as a misdemeanor. Within weeks of his release he violated his unsupervised probation.

In early 2018 he was arrested for battery and indecent exposure; Sasseen must have been released on his own recognizance, because he was at liberty two weeks later when he committed his most recent crime, that is, attacking the two little girls leaving the library.

A report in his court file stated: “Mr. Sasseen was scored on the Static-99R, which is an actuarial measure of risk for sexual offense recidivism. This instrument has been shown to be a moderate predictor of sexual re-offense potential. (In a 2016 recidivism study in California, it accurately predicted risk of re-offense about 77 percent of the time.)” Sasseen’s score was two, which according to the report put his risk level at “average.”

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The worthless piece of human garbage should have been sentenced to life in prison.

Jan. 26, 2019

This offense was far more serious than those he pleaded on. We must wonder why the DA didn't go for all the charges originally charged and take it to trial. Too much work and too hard to refute the insanity defense I suppose. But this four year term will result in no more than half of it being served, and then he'll be baaaack in Vista, ready to re-offend. Ain't this criminal justice system great?

Jan. 27, 2019

Hopefully other inmates will "take care of" him in prison.

Jan. 28, 2019

right

Jan. 29, 2019

this is so freaking horrible he is a piece of shit !!!!!!!!!!!!! maybe it will be your kid next wow

Jan. 29, 2019

Alan Ray Sasseen, now 62, is in local custody in San Diego County again. He is next due in court February 25, 2021, now accused of failure to register as a sex offender (felony) and indecent exposure (misdemeanor). He was sentenced to 4 years in prison in December of 2018, but with convoluted calculations he had "custody credits" of 366 days, for various offenses. Records show his first arrest when he was 20 years old, for shooting into an occupied dwelling; he was able to plead out to misdemeanor unlawful exhibiting a firearm.

Feb. 13, 2021
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Feb. 20, 2021

This morning, February 25, 2021, defendant Alan Sasseen appeared in the North County courthouse by video. Honorable judge Weinreb set a date of March 17, 2021, for Sasseen to hear evidence in his two, new criminal cases.

Feb. 25, 2021

Seriously, a photo of the library?

Feb. 26, 2021

In November of 2018, Alan Sasseen, then 60, withdrew his not-guilty-by-reason-of-insanity plea, and admitted attempted-kidnapping of the smallest girl, plus assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury on that girl’s older sister. In the plea deal Sasseen got 4 years prison for the first felony, plus two years prison for the second felony to run “concurrent.”

However, Sasseen served less than 2 years in prison, he was arrested last summer, in July 2020, charged with felony failure to register as a sex offender. Sasseen was able to pay a $2,500 fee to Aladdin Bail Bonds for his $25,000 bail and he was freed September 1, 2020.

Three months later, in December 2020, Alan Ray Sasseen, now 62, was charged with felony indecent exposure. The newest complaint states he did willfully, lewdly and unlawfully expose his private parts in a public place where other persons were present and offended and annoyed thereby; this while he was out on bail. Sasseen is currently held in the Vista jail in lieu of $125,000 bail. His next court date is set for April 7, when his attorney will argue for reasonable bail.

March 22, 2021

Alan Ray Sasseen, 62, is next due in the North County San Diego Superior Court in Vista on May 12, in Dept 21. This hearing might be streamed online, see the court's website for possible access links. This date is supposed to be preliminary hearings for both his new charges, the prosecutor will present evidence to a judge, to see if the matter will be sent forward to trial. Sasseen has been held in lieu of $125,000 bail since December 10, 2020, and there is reportedly a plea deal available to Sasseen -- sometimes criminal cases are settled “for time served.” So he could theoretically be out in time for his 63rd birthday in May.

April 8, 2021

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