The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office:
Defendant Joseph Paul McKee, age 32, formerly of Ukiah, appeared before the Mendocino County Superior Court Thursday morning to hear his stipulated sentencing fate.
When all was said and done, the defendant was sentenced to 16 years in state prison, the maximum for the crime committed.
What put this defendant in state prison was his sexual misconduct and February 3rd guilty plea to the charged felony offense of his having violated Penal Code section 288.5, a sex offense commonly referred to as continuous sexual abuse of a child.
Generally, to be guilty of this sex crime, a defendant must engage in three or more acts of substantial sexual conduct over a period of no less than three months or more with a child under the age of 14 years.
Because this crime is deemed violent by law, any early release credits the defendant may attempt to earn while housed at the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shall be limited to no more than 15% of his overall sentence.
When eventually released on parole, the defendant will be required to register annually for life as a convicted sex offender with local law enforcement wherever he is allowed to live.
The law enforcement agencies that developed the underlying evidence to support the conviction and today’s sentencing outcome were the Ukiah Police Department, the Department of Justice forensic laboratory (DNA), and the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigations.
A special note of appreciation is also extended to the specially-trained local nurses who regularly conduct sexual abuse examinations of victims of sex crimes, as happened in this case, and provide medical testimony regarding their forensic findings when called as witnesses at criminal trials.
The prosecutor who has handled this case from initial charging through the various proceedings and today’s sentencing hearing was Asst. DA Dale P. Trigg.
Mendocino County Superior Court Judge Keith Faulder presided over the Thursday morning sentencing hearing.
Finally, as an aside, in 1947 California became the first state in the nation to enact a sex offender registration law that required offenders convicted of specified offenses to register with their local law enforcement agencies.
This practice is still in place and the California Sex and Arson Registry (CSAR) serves as the statewide repository for information on registered sex offenders.
Today, the California Sex Offender Registry continues to provide a wide range of services that support and assist the law enforcement community with the monitoring and registration of over 120,000 California sex offenders. These services include maintaining and providing information to the general public via the California Megan’s Law Internet Web site.