University police officers and state parole agents have arrested the suspect tied to a sexual battery case at Fresno State.
49-year old Fidel Tafoya was taken into custody Tuesday evening on Fulton Street in downtown Fresno.
Investigators say Tafoya had cut off the GPS ankle monitoring bracelet he was wearing as part of his parole for a previous sex offense. Ever since the tamper sensor went off, law enforcement officers searched tirelessly for Tafoya.
Investigators say the registered sex offender visited the Madden Library Monday night and inappropriately touched a woman who was studying at a table.
“He was confronted immediately by her. A few words were exchanged by him and her and he immediately left the library,” said Fresno State Police Chief David Huerta.
The disturbing encounter left many students feeling uncomfortable.
“School is supposed to be a safe place so you definitely don't want that,” said Evelyn Ramirez, a Fresno State student.
Tafoya did not escape unnoticed though. Security cameras captured him and the victim remembered his face from a crime alert photo circulated last year.
“It was embedded in her mind. It was really a fantastic thing. She could recall almost instantly and said i know that guy,” said Chief Huerta.
Tafoya has been a huge nuisance to Fresno State. He's been arrested there six times over the years for sex offenses. Last November, he again removed his GPS tracking device.
In March, Tafoya was sentenced to one year in jail, but was then released just two months later.
It begs the question, how can the community assure he stay behind bars?
“You have to ask the district attorney and the courts. I can't speak for that particular question, we just arrest them,” replied Chief Huerta.
In other related news, current state assemblyman and former Fresno Mayor Jim Patterson is trying to pass Assembly Bill 63. The law would punish sex offenders who remove their GPS bracelets by sentencing them to either one year in county jail or up to three years in prison.
Copyright 2013 cbs47.tv Nexstar Broadcasting, All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.