H-SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

Apr 23, 2013 8:55 PM by April Hansen, KSBY News

Who's watching Tibor Karsai?

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department is monitoring 60-year-old Tibor Karsai around the clock.

The sexually violent predator was released two weeks ago as a transient.

He was convicted of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman in 1975, then was sent back to prison years later for another sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl.

Karsai left Coalinga State Prison as a transient after 30 years and several resources have been put in place to watch him.

He has two guards and a GPS monitor on his ankle and he has several other conditions he must follow.

Santa Maria Police Chief Ralph Martin says Karsai's every move is being watched, not only by police, but by the community.

"It's like a little neighborhood watch right here in our own community," said Principal Karen Porter, Isaac Miller Elementary School.

Principal Porter says, after getting word of Karsai's release, the community around her school became a watchdog.

"We have our wonderful neighbors across the street that let us know if there is any danger or anyone that doesn't look familiar," said Porter.

Karsai is in the one-percent of sex offenders that are considered the worst of the worst, so along with the Miller School community, the city will also be watching.

"The high risk such as Tibor Karsai is somebody that has a proven track record and so we will take it very seriously," said Chief Martin.

Chief Martin says Karsai lives in a motorhome.

He's allowed to visit Santa Maria where his mother lives, but must leave town by his curfew.

"He has to be in pre-designated parking areas at 9 pm at night until 6 am. If for any reason he moves, the vehicle moves, then his GPS system goes off," said Martin.

Karsai is supervised 24 hours a day, and there are boundaries he can't cross, including schools.

"He can't just leave and go to the mall or take a stroll down the street," said Chief Martin.

Principal Porter hopes these restrictions will help keep her school safe.

One of the guards drives the motorhome for Karsai because he isn't eligible to apply for a license for a year.

He is the only sex offender on the Central Coast who is in the category of sexually violent predator.

Chief Martin says if Karsai breaks any of his conditions, the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office will be alerted.

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