• Pollacci Arrested

    [Read Editorial Comment on this story.] Pacific Grove Police announced the arrest of a suspected rapist on Monday, March 2. Thomas Ronald Pollacci, 49, of Pebble Beach, turned himself in to Seaside Police after a $300,000 arrest warrant was issued for his alleged involvement in a forcible rape reported to Pacific Grove Police on April 21, 2008.

    The case was investigated by Pacific Grove police detectives, who combed the liquor store where Pollacci works, some months ago for forensic evidence. Charges were filed with the District Attorney’s Office, following examination and analysis of the forensic evidence and interview of the victim, who does not live in the area.

    Pollacci is accused of forcibly raping a woman too mentally and developmentally disabled to give legal consent, and then leaving her at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula with a head injury. It is further alleged that she was unconscious at the time. All charges — three counts of forcible rape of an unconscious person and one count of rape of a person incapable of consent — are felonies.

    Pollacci posted bail and was released pending his arraignment, which is set for Tuesday, March 24 at 1:30, police said. Police also reported that Pollacci, as was widely rumored in the community, is a registered sex offender. But he was not listed on the Megan’s Law website of registered sex offenders.

    Approximately 25 percent of registered sex offenders are excluded from public disclosure by law, based on the type of offense of which they have been convicted.

    According to the Megan’s Law website, “Registrants whose only registrable sex offenses are for the following offenses may apply for exclusion: (1) sexual battery by restraint (Penal Code § 243.4, subd. (a)); (2) misdemeanor child molestation (Penal Code § 647.6, or former section 647a); or (3) any offense which did not involve penetration or oral copulation, the victim of which was a child, stepchild, grandchild, or sibling of the offender, and for which the offender successfully completed or is successfully completing probation” must submit a form to the Department of Justice. If DOJ approves the application and exclusion is granted, the registered sex offenders who are granted exclusion from the Internet web site must still register as sex offenders and are known to local law enforcement officers.

    From the DOJ website: “DOJ’s Sex Offender Tracking Program has been responsible for keeping track of registered sex offenders in California since registration began in 1947. California was the first state in the nation to enact a sex offender registration law. Many states did not enact sex offender registration laws until the 1990’s. Due to its lifetime sex offender registration requirement and a population exceeding an estimated 35 million residents, California today has the largest number of registered sex offenders of any state.”

    Pollacci has also been convicted for disturbing the peace and serving liquor to an intoxicated person. He pleaded no contest to the charges and served two years of probation.

    A group of mothers on the Monterey Peninsula is calling for a boycott of Ron’s Liquors, the family-owned business where Pollacci works. An anonymous group called Peninsula Mothers United to Protect our Children sent emails to the news media about their campaign.  They demand that the Pollacci family sell the business and that Tom Pollacci stay out of Pacific Grove.

    The email from the concerned mothers claims that Pollacci “hangs out on the sidewalk harrassing girls who walk by.”  One woman, interviewed anonymously by a local television station, said that Pollacci touched her and followed her around the liquor store. [Read Editorial Comment on this story.]


    posted to Cedar Street Times on March 20, 2009

    Topics: Front PG News

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