A Southern California jury declared on Friday that castrated sex offender Kevin Reilly is no longer considered a threat and is therefore eligible for release.
“There was simply no evidence he was likely to reoffend,” Holly Galloway, deputy public defender, said. “What the jury did was amazing because they followed the law and that’s a hard thing to do with someone with his history.”
Reilly, 53, will not remain locked in a state mental hospital and can be released as early as Friday, according to his lawyer.
Reilly served time for sex offenses committed during the 1980s and 1990s, and has been locked up in a state mental hospital since 2000. According to California law, authorities can forcibly commit sex offenders to a mental hospital if they believe the convict will reoffend.
In 2003, Reilly personally paid to be surgically castrated in order to help control his pedophilia. He also completed a treatment program for sex offenders in 2010. Although prosecutors argued that Reilly can reverse the effects of castration via testosterone injections, the jury was not convinced.
Susan Kang Schroeder, chief of staff for the Orange County District Attorney’s office, said the jury’s response was expected since Reilly had completed the surgery as well as the therapy program. During his time in the hospital, Reilly also completed a bachelor’s and master’s degree.
According to Orange County Register reports, Reilly molested six girls between the ages of 4 and 8. One of his convictions was for kidnapping and allegedly molesting his 4-year-old daughter.
Reilly allegedly plans to move to Utah after being released, where he will participate in an outpatient treatment program for sex offenders and look for an accounting job.