SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — The Silicon Valley chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse, or BACA is providing around-the-clock security for the victim of a suspected child molester who escaped custody while at a medical facility in San Jose last week.
BACA Spokesperson “Hoss” said the group will “do whatever we have to do to make this family feel safe, and we will do whatever we have to do to protect her.”
Johnell Carter has been the subject of a massive manhunt since he overpowered a deputy transporting him to an appointment at Valley Medical Center and escaped Friday.
Carter was scheduled to stand trial next month on five counts of child molestation for allegedly sexually assaulting a nine-year-old girl.
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Despite the severity of the charges, and a possible punishment that included life in prison, the Sheriff’s office says he was classified as a minimum-security inmate.
“Because he’s a minimum security inmate, our policy says that only one deputy guards him. We are going to reevaluate that policy,” Santa Clara County Sheriff Spokesperson Sgt. James Jensen said.
BACA says they will guard the family until Carter is once again behind bars.
“They’re part of our family. So, when a unique situation like this happens and they get scared, they can look out the window and see people they know – people who love them,” Hoss said.