Registered sex offender convicted of entering O.C. park
A registered sex offender was convicted for violating a recently enacted Orange County ordinance prohibiting sex offenders from entering county parks without written permission, officials said Tuesday.
Hugo Godinez, 29, who lives in Santa Ana, was convicted of the misdemeanor offense after he was charged with entering Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley on May 5, the Orange County district attorney's office said.
The ordinance requires registered sex offenders to receive written permission from the Orange County Sheriff's Department before entering county parks.
Prosecutors said Godinez was also convicted on a misdemeanor count of failing to register and show proof of residency after being released from incarceration.
Godinez is required to register as a sex offender because he was convicted in June 2010 of a misdemeanor count of sexual battery, the district attorney's office said.
After county supervisors passed the ordinance in April, several Orange County cities enacted similar laws banning sex offenders from local parks.
— Robert J. Lopez
Photo: Hugo Godinez. Credit: Orange County district attorney's office