PLACERVILLE – Esteban Rocha, 51, is a registered sex offender. According to the Megan’s Law website, he has been charged in the past with lewd acts on a child under 14, annoying or molesting a child under 18, indecent exposure, and indecent exposure with a prior conviction for that offense. (The site does not specify if those are from the same or separate incidents.)
As a convicted sex offender, he is required by law to register with local law enforcement any time he moves to a new location. Rocha has been well aware of that law, not only from his original release terms, but when he was arrested in August of 2009. He was arrested, while in Placerville, for violating that law and failing to register during that time.
He had that in mind yesterday, Tuesday June 23, when he appeared at the Placerville Police Station at 11:50 am to register his latest change of address as required by the law and the terms of his parole. According to the Placerville Police Media Relations, the registration process was completed by 12:30, and he left the station.
Perhaps the registration reminded him of the reason for the requirements. At about 1 pm, the Placerville Police received a 911 call from a woman in downtown Placerville, on Broadway. She described a 5’6″ Hispanic man with a large mustache and long dark hair who had just exposed himself to her. She was just a few blocks and less than half a mile from the police station. Responding officers had no trouble locating Rocha, and he was identified by the victim.
He was arrested and booked at the El Dorado County Jail on charges of indecent exposure with prior convictions, and for violating his parole.