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Name: People v. Flores
Case #: F047476
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 5 DCA
Opinion Date: 11/01/2006

Appellant was recommitted to Atascadero State Hospital when a jury found that he continued to be a sexually violent predator (SVP). On appeal, appellant contended that in light of the fact that he underwent chemical and surgical castration while confined, the jury’s future dangerousness finding was not supported by substantial evidence. The appellate court disagreed and affirmed. Appellant conceded he had a mental disorder, but claimed that the castration would keep him from reoffending. The prosecution experts, however, opined that castration left intact much of appellant’s motivation and ability to commit sex offenses. The jury also considered appellant’s lengthy offense history and several other factors. Therefore, the evidence supported the conviction.