Intercourse Offender Charged in LA With Abduction and Homicide of Boy Charged Once more in OC – NBC Los Angeles
Although a convicted sex offender in Los Angeles is charged with kidnapping and killing a 6-year-old boy in Anaheim, Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer announced Tuesday that he has also charged the defendant with the same crime.
Spitzer said he had tried Kenneth Kasten Rasmuson, 59, in the July 2, 1981 murder of Jeffrey Vargo, because he was concerned that his Los Angeles district counterpart George Gascon was planning to drop special circumstances charges in the case that would allow Rasmuson to eventually get a parole instead of at least living in prison with no parole.
A convicted sex offender was arrested in 1981 in Idaho in connection with the kidnapping and murder of a 6-year-old boy in Pomona. Ted Chen will be reporting live for the NBC4 News on March 30, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
Rasmuson was ordered to stand trial in Los Angeles in August 2016 for killing Vargo and another 6-year-old boy in 1986.
Rasmuson was arrested in Sandpoint, Idaho in March 2015 after DNA evidence allegedly linked him to the July 2, 1981 murder of Vargo.
Construction workers found the boy’s body the day after the victim left his Anaheim Hills home to visit a fireworks stand, authorities said.
While Rasmuson was awaiting trial on the case, Rasmuson was charged on April 8, 1986 with yet another murder that, according to authorities, killed another boy identified only as Miguel. His body was found in an Agoura Hills laundry the same day he was found missing at his home, Los Angeles prosecutors said. Rasmuson is also allegedly linked to that killing through DNA evidence, prosecutors said.
Rasmuson faced special circumstances, alleged on multiple murders, and that the murders were committed while committing an indecent or lascivious act to a child.
The allegations made Rasmuson questionable for the death penalty.
Rasmuson had been convicted of sexually assaulting another boy in 1981, prosecutors said.
Orange County prosecutors intended to bring the case to the Los Angeles prosecutor’s office but stepped in on Thursday with their own criminal complaint, as Spitzer believes that if convicted, the defendant would at least live in prison with no parole should have. Spitzer was also a vocal critic of Governor Gavin Newsom’s plan to suspend the death penalty in the state.
A hearing is scheduled for Monday at the Pomona Courthouse on whether Gascon’s office can drop the allegations due to special circumstances.
In a file last week, Spitzer’s office argued that his office “has an interest in the case because the victim … was a resident of Orange County at the time of his murder. His parents and loved ones continued to reside in Orange County through to.” Presence. ”
Spitzer’s prosecutors also argued the boy was kidnapped in Orange County. Prosecutors argue that Gascon does not want to reject the allegations because of special circumstances, “because there are problems of evidence or because it would be fair and equitable to do so, but because of a number of specific guidelines that he is seeking to fundamentally change the criminal process . ” His attempt to do so in this case is obviously contrary to promoting justice. ”
Rasmuson is charged with “horrific” crimes, according to a motion from Spitzer’s office last week.
“He kidnapped, sexually assaulted, and murdered two young, vulnerable 6-year-old boys,” the application said. “The background, character and prospects of the defendant show that he is a dangerous serial robber who will likely never change.” ” after the application.
“He’s served two sentences for molesting an 11-year-old boy whom he lured into seclusion before sodomizing him. He kidnapped a 3-year-old boy from the boy’s front yard before later sodomizing and Walking around naked on a street The next day. ”
Authorities found child pornography on the defendant when he was arrested in 2015, “and his internet story revealed multiple searches for child pornography, according to the request.”
Two months after Vargo’s death, Rasmuson “lured an 11-year-old boy into seclusion by asking him to help find his disabled dog,” Orange County prosecutors alleged.
Rasmuson allegedly sexually assaulted the boy who lied to his assailant that he liked it so he could escape what works, prosecutors said.
Rasmuson was sentenced to prison for sexual assault in Santa Barbara. When he finished that sentence, he was classified as a “mentally disturbed offender,” according to Orange County prosecutors.
Rasmuson was released from prison in 1985 and sentenced to treatment for sexual disorders. During this time, he is said to have killed Miguel, according to prosecutors.
A year after he was accused of killing Miguel in Agoura Hills in April 1986, Rasmuson allegedly kidnapped a 3-year-old boy from the front yard of his Los Angeles home and drove away, prosecutors alleged.
The boy was found naked by the roadside the next day, and Rasmuson was eventually convicted and sentenced to 17 years in prison, prosecutors said.
After Rasmuson served his time, he was classified as a sexually violent predator and admitted to Atascadero State Hospital.
Rasmuson allegedly “admitted” to doctors that he had committed at least 10 child abuse since he was 18, a period in the defendant’s life that spanned only four and a half years from imprisonment, “Orange County prosecutors alleged.
However, Rasmuson was released in 2007.
“The defendant is snatching unsuspecting children from the streets of their neighborhood or even from the front gardens of their homes,” said Orange County prosecutors.
“He’s bold, impulsive and doesn’t care about the suffering of others, which makes him very dangerous.”