Man Accused Of Molesting 2 Boys Talks To 10News

Bail For Registered Sex Offender Joseph Cantorna Set At $1 Million

Joseph Cantorna, the man who is accused of molesting two young boys in Lakeside, spoke to 10News on Wednesday from the county jail.

Although he is mentally challenged, Cantorna is being tried as a competent adult. Cantorna's bail is set at $1 million and he is the first person in the state facing tougher penalties under Chelsea's Law.

"I just said, 'Hi.' That's all, hi. And I asked him what's his name and told me the name," said Cantorna.

Cantorna's case has stirred up another emotional controversy surrounding child sex predators. He may be a middle-aged man but his mental capacity is more like a child's.

When asked what he did the day he was arrested and accused of molesting 2 boys, Cantorna responded, "Just rub him on the butt. That's all... and pull my pants down."

Dr. Alisa Robinson, a psychologist, explained the mind of a developmentally disabled person.

"They're like children in brain development and emotional understanding," said Robinson. "So often what happens is they're attracted to relationships with other children because they're thinking like other children... They have sexual maturity [and] sexual urges like other adults do but they don't have the cognitive capacity often times to understand how to manage that."

Cantorna said he does not think he did anything wrong, but if he's convicted for the four felonies and three misdemeanors he's charged with under Chelsea's Law, he could spend the rest of his life in prison.

Robinson believes that prison is the last place where the mentally challenged man belongs.

"These people probably need a specific kind of treatment that's geared toward their intellectual development [and] their emotional development," she said.

State records showed Cantorna has an IQ of 69. He also has a long history of crimes related to child molestation. In some of his previous cases, he was found incompetent to stand trial and spent several years in a state mental hospital.