A judge ordered a paroled rapist held without bail Thursday, saying the man evidently committed "acts of depravity" by returning to rape the same young victim over a seven-hour period this week.
At the same time, outrage was voiced in Oakland that California prison authorities released Samuel L. Barnett on April 29 without telling his victim that he would be freed.
Barnett, whose criminal record dates back 22 years, insisted he was innocent during a brief court appearance, telling Alameda County Municipal Judge Vernon Moore, "Somebody is playing a little game with your court system."
"You've got the wrong person. I've got proof I wasn't even in Alameda County. I wasn't even in the state," Barnett said, appearing in court in a black sweater and jeans.
But in ordering that Barnett be held without bail, Moore declared that the man is a "danger to the community," and directed that he reappear in court today for arraignment.
Barnett served half of a 12-year prison sentence for the 1985 rape of a 9-year-old girl in East Oakland. He was released on April 29 after gaining time off for good behavior.
"The incarceration system doesn't care about the victim," declared an angry Alameda County Supervisor Don Perata, in whose district the attack took place.
Citing the "vast amounts of money" that go into prisons, Perata called on the Department of Corrections to develop a system of ensuring that victims of violent crimes such as rape be told when attackers are paroled.
Department of Corrections spokesman Tipton Kindel called the rape "an extraordinarily tragic situation," but said the victim made no request that she be told of Barnett's release.
"They didn't call. They didn't write. We wish they had. All they have to do is let us know," Kindel said.
"With 101,000 inmates," he added, "contacting victims is not a routine matter. Some of these victims want to forget about it. We can't presume that everyone wants to be notified."
Perata scoffed at the explanation, saying: "This represents the fact that crimes against women are given less of a priority in a man's system of prisons than they should be."
Barnett faces charges of kidnaping and raping the girl, now 15. Police say the attack occurred Monday in the same ramshackle garage in East Oakland where the first rape took place. Barnett once lived in the garage, which is in the rear of a home occupied by his aunt and uncle.
The victim told police that Barnett abducted her with the help of a man and a woman, and that he told her he was exacting revenge because she turned him in six years ago, Deputy Dist. Atty. Ann Kenfield said. The man and woman are being sought as accessories to a crime.
In 1972, a probation officer complained to a judge in Oakland that Barnett failed to show up at his appointments, and was "aggressive" with the officer when he did appear. Even while on probation, he continued to commit crimes and failed to hold jobs.
He was on probation in 1985, when the rape victim's aunt, who had lived with Barnett, ordered that he move out. The following day, Jan. 24, 1985, he abducted the 9-year-old and raped her.