A male registered sex offender arrested last Thursday on suspicion of entering a school campus in Sunnyvale and using a false female name will be back in court in Palo Alto on Feb. 4, a prosecutor said.
Theodore Franklin Lorigo, 42, of San Jose, has pleaded not guilty to charges of being a registered sex offender on school grounds and false identification, Santa Clara County Supervising Deputy District Attorney Cindy Hendrickson said.
Although both charges are misdemeanors, the judge in Lorigo's case set his bail at $125,000 and the defendant remains in the Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose, Hendrickson said.
Lorigo's pretrial hearing in Superior Court in Palo Alto has been scheduled to take place Feb. 4, Hendrickson said.
The defendant allegedly used the female name Yael Grunberg on his California identification card, Hendrickson said.
He is a registered sex offender in connection with a prior conviction for kidnapping a child under 14 with the intent to commit lewd or lascivious acts and is on California's Megan's Law list of offenders, according to the state Department of Justice's website.
The state's website describes him as male, 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 155 pounds and who has also gone by the names of Francine Lorigo, Francis Theodore Lorigo and Theodore Frank Lorigo.
Last Thursday, the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety arrested Lorigo based on information provided by the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department that he had walked onto the campus of the South Peninsula Hebrew Day School in Sunnyvale on Dec. 20, Sunnyvale police Capt. Jeff Hunter said.
Sunnyvale police officers, who determined that Lorigo had been a registered sex offender since 2001, took Lorigo into custody at his San Jose residence on suspicion of being a registered sex offender on school grounds, Hunter said.
Lorigo had been dressing as a female and used a state identification card with his picture on it but with a false name, Hunter said.
Police in Los Gatos told Sunnyvale police that Lorigo had been seen dressed in female clothing at a synagogue in Los Gatos in mid-December but was dressed as a male when he entered the Hebrew school in Sunnyvale, Hunter said.
Security guards at the school campus had approached him after he entered the school grounds and Lorigo then went to a school administrator with a question about enrollment there, Hunter said.
The school was monitored by security personnel and cameras, police said.
School employees later identified Lorigo and Sunnyvale police obtained a warrant for his arrest, according to Hunter.
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