Prosecutors filed felony charges of lewd acts on a child Thursday against an East County man.
Shaun Crocker, 34, is accused of touching an under-age female victim inappropriately on various occasions between September and November of last year.
Crocker, also identified as Shawn Hedge Crocker in a criminal complaint, is the son of Matthew Hedge, a convicted sex offender. KGTV reported the alleged connection.
Hedge made headlines because of a judge’s 2012 decision to lift his sexually violent predator status. The judge released him from custody without supervision.
KGTV cited statements from the girl’s mother regarding Crocker and Hedge. The District Attorney’s office has not confirmed the relationship.
Crocker faces 18 years in prison if convicted of all charges. Police arrested him Wednesday.
He remains in custody on $1 million bail, according to county jail records. He’s next due in court Aug. 16.
Hedge pleaded guilty in 1989 to molesting four children in the San Diego area. He served 12 years in prison. Officials assigned him to the sexually violent predator treatment program in 1997, but released him into outpatient treatment in 2005.
Those supervising his release revoked his outpatient status within six weeks. He had violated terms of his release.
Hedge then logged more than two years of in-patient hospital treatment. The court in October 2008 again granted Hedge’s petition to be placed in outpatient treatment.
Seven years ago, San Diego Superior Court Judge David Gill determined Hedge no longer posed a danger to others. After deeming him unlikely to re-offend, authorities released Hedge without supervision.
– City News Service
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