Authorities in Glendale, California, have apprehended Calese Carron Crowder, a 37-year-old Los Angeles man with a history of predatory behavior, once again. The arrest follows his release from custody merely a day prior, after he pleaded no contest to peeping and prowling charges, relating to his disturbing actions of staring into a home with children present. Crowder’s unsettling activities came to wider public attention through viral TikTok videos that captured him behaving inappropriately at a Burbank Barnes & Noble store.
Crowder’s initial sentence on Monday included 60 days in jail, multiple no-contact orders, and a mandate to participate in a sex offender rehabilitation program. However, he was unexpectedly released on Tuesday, and it was discovered that he had not registered as a sex offender on the California sex offender registry, a requirement stemming from his prior convictions.
The Glendale Police Department, upon learning of Crowder’s failure to register, promptly re-arrested him, marking his 43rd arrest in Los Angeles County since 2005. The department stated that Crowder is scheduled for a second arraignment this week and is currently being held on $20,000 bail.
California man caught ‘sniffing’ women at Barnes & Noble free despite rap sheet of child peeping, 40 arrests
Calese Carron Crowder’s rap sheet stretches back to 2005 with dozens of arrests in Los Angeles pic.twitter.com/YXhrzQTUg2
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Crowder’s alarming behavior had previously involved peeping into a Glendale home with children present, which led to his initial arrest. The TikTok videos captured him crouching behind women and appearing to sniff them from behind, prompting widespread concern.
Several victims who encountered Crowder in various stores posted videos on TikTok, which gained millions of views and resonated with other women who shared similar stories of encounters with him. Some victims expressed fear for their safety, highlighting the urgency of addressing the issue.
District Attorney George Gascon’s office stated that they had not yet received a case related to the Barnes & Noble incidents and directed inquiries about Crowder’s release to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The controversial Proposition 47 law, co-written by Gascon, has played a role in reducing penalties for certain crimes, potentially contributing to Crowder’s early release.