ESCONDIDO (CNS) - A convicted rapist and child molester turned himself in Monday, three weeks after putting North County residents on edge by going on the lam and failing to get fitted with a required electronic tracking device after getting out of prison.
Paul Franklin Castro, 53, of Escondido had been at large since Aug. 30, when he was released from state prison, according to police.
As part of his parole requirements, Castro was supposed submit to wearing a GPS anklet that would track his whereabouts at all times. Though he failed to immediately do so, he did register with police as a transient sex offender.
Shortly before 9:30 a.m. Monday, Castro walked into the Vista Sheriff's Station and told deputies "he was the subject they were looking for," Escondido police Lt. Craig Carter said.
The parolee, who also goes by the first name Richard, served time for rape and child molestation.
He is known to loiter around Mount Vernon Motel, in a nearby Lowe's parking lot, along Mission Avenue and Quince Street, and at casinos in Valley Center, Carter said.
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