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Registered Sex Offender appointed as Chairman of Contra Costa Peace and Freedom Party
by Red
Wednesday Aug 18th, 2010 11:31 AM
The Inquirer, the student newspaper at Diablo Valley College, recently broke the story of the arrest of Steven Orcutt of Concord, California for an assault on campus. Orcutt who postures under the name "Frank Runninghorse" was discovered to have failed to register as a sex offender as required by Megan's Law whild attending school. The 56 year old was convicted in 2005 after being charged with four felony counts including one of possessing child pornography.
The Runninghorse story can be viewed online by going to www.theinquireronline.com The earlier 2005 arrest and conviction leading to the requirement that Orcutt register as a convicted sex offender is covered in the Inquirer article from the May 2010 campus incident.

In July 2010, Steven Bruce Orcutt was appointed as County Chairman of the Peace & Freedom Party Contra Costa Central Committee by the only member of that organization to be elected in the June primary, Sherri Borgg, Peace and Freedom candidate for Board of Equalization when she was filling vacancies on the county committtee. The appointment can be seen by clicking on www.peaceandfreedom.org and the going to the section on "county committees" . What is a feminist-socialist political party like Peace and Freedom Party doing appointing someone like this Runninghorse monster to any sort of leadership role?

Orcutt is apparently now claiming that his arrest and conviction for molesting the 14 to 15 year old was a police set-up, an issue he never raised at trial where his defense counsel was able to plead him down to a single misdeameanor from the initial four felony charges.

by Peace Consciousness
Wednesday Aug 18th, 2010 12:11 PM
It is not our place to throw stones at our brothers and sisters of Earth, 2 wrongs never make 1 right.
by Donna
Thursday Aug 19th, 2010 3:12 PM
You can read the Inquirer storu by going to the student newspaper at Diablo Valley College http://www.theinquireronline.com which was the publication which broke the story on Orcutt's arrest at that campus and the discovery that he had failed to register with the campus police as a convicted sex offender.
For the announcement of Steve Orcutt's appointment as county chair of the Peace and Freedom Party of Contra Costa County, the party's own website is the source http://www.peaceandfreedom.org . After the page pops up, click on county committees and scroll down to Contra Costa.
The fact that Orcutt uses the name Frank Runninghorse and tries to pass himself off as a Native American on various college campuses is disgusting. It is especially insulting to Leonard Peltier, the party's nominee for President in 2004 as well as to those Native Americans who have actively worked for Peace & Freedom Party previously such as Joel Meza and Robert Chacnaca.
by Bob in San Carlos
Friday Aug 20th, 2010 11:16 AM
Seeing Steve Orcutt in action is a study in social pathology. He, Frank Runningdog, is a latter day version of the Know nothings. Orcutt preys upon a myriad of college campuses (mostly of the junior college variety) posing as an officer of SDS and also as an American Indian. The American Indian thing is a facade, "Frank Runninghorse is a stage name, and a pretext to try and impress new students into thinking they have meet a "real revolutionary" and ethnic freedom fighter.

Runningmouth (as he is also known) has previously claimed to be a member of the long gone International Workers of the World, better recognised as the initials IWW. Steve asserts that he is a member of the IWW's Frank Little Club - a two or three member group, that tries to take over leadership of local Bay Area movements by coming in and shouting down those concerned about serious issues.

I am interested in finding the police report on Steve Orcutt's arrest in 2005 which lead to his conviction as a sex offender. Anyone know what jurisdiction it happened in? Maybe Contra Costa County where he lives in Concord and attends Diablo Valley College for over 20 some years.
Read my lips. who appointed this creep to any position of leadership in anything?
by Jan B. Tucker
( admin [at] janbtucker.com ) Wednesday Mar 23rd, 2011 1:42 PM

See the implications of Steve Orcutt, Scott Catamas, and Robert Leo St. George's escapades as sex offenders
like my title says, who cares if steve is regestered as a sex offender, almost 10% of all resestered sex offenders are child molesting monsters in the first place, 20% are known to commit sexual assault of any type, and 80% of registered sex offenders are convicted for taking a leak in bushes or street wall (the majority being transits). i have no problem if people are required to registered for actually commiting sexual assault like rape to anyone, especially children. but lewd offences like taking a leak when u have to go and then get put to prison for 18 months, registed for life, poraled for life with monitoring and not residing within 2000ft of school and park for taking a leak on the street. that is waste of tax payer money in prisons and criminal reg programs. also its unknown if he commited those offences or he was staged (possibly blackmailed by our county or national government to shut him up, or whatever).
by Barb
Thursday Mar 24th, 2011 1:21 PM
Well, we care because in this case a 51 year old man, Steven Bruce Orcutt, unlawful violated a 14 year old child and also he was charged with child pornography. He has no business serving as the co-chair of the Contra Costa County Central Committee of the Peace and Freedom Party. This monster is also seeking appointment as a member of the State Central Committee of the party at the upcoming meeting on the first weekend in Fresno.

Let the chair of the party C.T Weber know that you oppose this appointment. Email C.T. at and cc: and
by activist
Monday Aug 29th, 2011 3:04 PM

Runninghorse was at the Tea Party / Green Party protest in Napa this weekend, taking a leadership role with the young Napa Greens who did not have much experience.

He took the lead in helping to sideline the protest into an alley along the side of the Fairgrounds where the Tea Party event was, where the police then blocked everyone off and no one could hear them -- classic. I'd heard from a woman in the earlier protest with mostly Labor people that they did the same thing to them.

Frank appeared on the scene just before the march and made himself busy handing out signs, organizing everyone, handing out some kind of flier, and standing on the crate to pose as a leader -- he was an "instant organizer" who then helped lead the group down the path the police wanted them to go down to neutralize them.

He also misled a local 9/11 group here in the Bay Area in getting them to buy a copier that he kept at his place, and then he used for his own work. He would show up to table at events totally stoned, his eyes all red, and with fliers that were utter nonsense, scribbles, basically.

Either Runninghorse preys on activists for his own reasons, or for the reasons of others, but in the end, you don't know his agenda, he uses a fake name and has a prison record.

Is this the person we want leading our college activists around?
by Toni Novak
Tuesday Sep 6th, 2011 3:30 PM
I am astounded the Peace & Freedom Party is even debating this issue. To whom is our duty? It is first and foremost to the victims of injurious and exploitative behavior. To seem to exonorate a convicted sex offender, who has not gone througth treatment and is unrepentant, is just politically gross.
by Norma J F Harrison
( normaha [at] pacbell.net ) Sunday Sep 25th, 2011 4:59 PM
wrong. This is church mantra. It has little to nothing to do with us here on the ground. It's that we're taught this by the religious arm of our Owners' state that prohibits us knowing and responding about the world around us, so to stop their assault against us all.
by Norma J F Harrison
( normaha [at] pacbell.net ) Sunday Sep 25th, 2011 5:04 PM
YES!! re who cares if he is a registered sex offender!
by Norma J F Harrison
( normaha [at] pacbell.net ) Sunday Sep 25th, 2011 5:07 PM
are you connected with the party? Become a member, then a registrant of the socialist party, on the ballot in Ca., one of only 3 places socialism is on the ballot. We're working to put it on throughout the country. Join us.
by Norma J F Harrison
( normaha [at] pacbell.net ) Sunday Sep 25th, 2011 5:13 PM
these people, she, and JanTucker and one or two others in I forget - Solano? Sonoma - have a vendetta against - no not Frank; against Peace and Freedom Party. Listen twice before you decide. And listen to the people who counsel care re the pig-judicial system. Not to say one way or the other re Frank's crime/escapade/whatever it was - me not even having been in the jury box.
by Norma J F Harrison
( normaha [at] pacbell.net ) Sunday Sep 25th, 2011 5:16 PM
what year did you encounter Frank stoned as you've described, tabling? t/u
by Norma J F Harrison
Sunday Sep 25th, 2011 5:32 PM
IWW is making a comeback! re "the long gone International Workers of the World, better recognised as the initials IWW." this in order to keep us honest - informed.
by gadfly
Tuesday Sep 18th, 2012 2:13 AM
Norma says who cares he is a sex offender? Well most potential people you are trying to get to join the peace and freedom party. I was a member of the Frank Little Club years ago (and it had lots and lots of members not 2-3 as someone stated). The truth is that Steve alienated tons of people then. He claims he is a socialist but use to underbid unions with his tilesetting business by ripping off those people who worked for him. He was a slumlord who use to rent out rooms (and even charged people to sleep in his shed!) and cheated them as well. He is one of the biggest misogynists I ever met in my life. And as for the being stoned all the time yes he was.

He preys on young people at colleges who really want to make a difference but ends up turning most of them off to activism. And if you really know him personally you really cant claim with a straight face you dont think his conviction was justified. I have talked about it with several former Frank Little Club members as well as P&Fers and none of them were surprised. Why the hell would you not care he molested a child?

If you really want to see P&F completely fall apart do keep supporting him. If you really want it to grow stop defending a scumbag like him. Really what is you agenda?
by Paul
Thursday Jun 13th, 2013 5:16 PM
I used to know him. Haven't been in contact with him in about 6 years.

What's wrong with the sex offender system is that someone who gets caught patronizing an experienced street prostitute who told him that she was over 18, gets caught up in the same category as someone who targets innocent kids. She was no victim of him but of her own life when she decided to get into prostitution.

As to the accusation of child porn I haven't heard of this before and consider it hearsay.
by Doody
Friday Jun 14th, 2013 1:35 PM
Paul - REALLY??

I rented his backyard shed in the nineties, and he was indeed a scab tile setter. He alienated most of the Frank Little Club cadre in the early nineties, and many have tales about his misogyny and megalomania. He is a classic narcissist and a chauvinist of the old new-left mold.