Sex offender nabbed after visiting Jewish school in South Bay

A convicted sex offender was arrested last week in San Jose after attempting to walk onto the campus of South Peninsula Hebrew Day School in Sunnyvale last month, several Bay Area media outlets reported.

The same man also had been spotted recently at Congregation Shir Hadash and Chabad of San Jose, both located in Los Gatos, according to

Theodore Lorigo, 42, was arrested Jan. 23 by the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety for being a registered sex offender on school property. He reportedly was caught on campus video surveillance.

He had attempted to walk onto the SPHDS campus in December wearing a yarmulke, KGO Channel 7 reported. He never made it past the front office, however, because Allen Selis, head of the K-8 school, and other SPHDS staff members became suspicious, the station noted.

Lorigo has been dressing as a female recently, according to police. His arrest records show three photos of him dressed as a woman.

Sunnyvale officials made the arrest after receiving information from the Los Gatos–Monte Sereno Police Depart-ment, which on Jan. 17 had received a tip that someone suspicious had been attending Chabad of San Jose events for several weeks, reported.

According to the Megan’s Law website, Lorigo was convicted of kidnapping a child under age 14 with intent to commit lewd or lascivious acts. KGO quoted law enforcement officials as saying he served eight years in prison and was first arrested in 1994.

Selis told KNTV news: “I know everyone that comes in and out of this school, and if there’s a prospective family that’s coming to school, we’ve made an appointment, we’ve been in touch in advance. If anyone isn’t in that kind of framework, there’s a red flag. And it’s our job to be cautious in that situation.”

Lorigo, who also was charged with being in possession of an altered California ID card at the time of his arrest, was booked into Santa Clara County Jail. As of Jan. 29, he remained in custody, but “he could be released when and if bail is set,” noted Allan Lavigne, who works for the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation and Jewish Community Relations Council as director of security. “So we’d say to continue to exercise caution.” — j. staff