Stockton - District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar announced that on Wednesday March 3, 2021, Anthony Arceo, age 57, was committed to Coalinga State Hospital as a Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) by the Honorable Richard M. Mallett after a one-month long jury trial.
"The sexually violent predator laws are in place so those sexually violent predators who pose the highest risk of re-offense can be civilly committed to protect the community once they have served their prison term," said District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar. "This office has a dedicated SVP unit to prosecute the worst sexually violent offenders and has had great success in keeping the residents of San Joaquin County safe."
Mr. Arceo was convicted by a San Joaquin County jury, on November 2, 1983, of one count of Penal Code §261(a)(2), Forcible Rape and one count of Penal Code §288a(c), Forced Oral Copulation. He was sentenced to 8 years in state prison.
On March 19, 1993, after his release from prison, Mr. Arceo committed another forcible sex crime and was again apprehended and brought to trial. On January 6, 1994 he was convicted by a San Joaquin County jury of one count of Penal Code §207(a), Kidnapping with the Intent to Rape, one count of Penal Code §288(c), Forcible Oral Copulation, and two counts of Penal Code §289(a), Rape by Foreign Object. He was sentenced to 31 years in state prison.
Just prior to his release from state prison. Mr. Arceo was identified by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) as a potential Sexually Violent Predator. Two independent psychologist were contracted by the California Department of State Hospitals to evaluate whether Mr. Arceo qualified for commitment to Coalinga State Hospital under Welfare and Institutions (W&I) Code section 6600. Both evaluating doctors had to determine the following:
It was then left to the jury to weigh the evidence presented and decide if Mr. Arceo presents a substantial and well-founded risk of reoffending. Yesterday morning, they determined that his risk of re-offense is so great that he needs to be confined at the state hospital.
Mr. Arceo will be transported to Coalinga State Hospital for an indeterminate term. He will remain there until his risk is such that he is no longer a danger to the health and safety of others. This can be accomplished through treatment and therapy.
District Attorney Salazar would like to thank Deputy District Attorney Lesley Lyberger on securing a commitment in her first ever SVP trial. These cases take years to prepare and would not be possible without our dedicated paralegal Brenda Perry, who has been navigating this area of the law for over 20 years and has assisted no less than three DDAs in this highly specialized unit, and we are extremely proud of the work they have done.