Sweep results in 62 arrests statewide; weapons, drugs and child porn confiscated
SACRAMENTO – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) parole agents arrested 62 of the 1,294 sex-offender parolees who were contacted during compliance checks or searches as part of the 21st annual Operation Boo Child Safety Project on Halloween night 2014. “The 62 arrests among sex-offender parolees – for possession of child pornography, narcotics, weapons, and other parole violations – prove that our statewide efforts with Operation Boo are well-founded,” said Dan Stone, Director of the Division of Adult Parole Operations.
New charges were filed against 10 of the sex-offender parolees contacted. Six parolees were also found to be out of compliance with their requirements to register as a sex-offender. “Our thanks go out to the hundreds of parole agents and local law enforcement personnel, many of whom volunteer their time to help ensure that California’s children can enjoy a safer trick-or-treat experience free from sexual predators,” Stone added.
In addition to the traditional compliance checks, Operation Boo features two other components:
• Parent Empowerment: CDCR provided a free downloadable brochure with helpful information about ways to talk to children about dangerous behavior in adults, and Internet links to help parents check for sex offenders in their area.
• Transient Sex-Offender Curfew Centers: Since a significant number of sex offenders are homeless, transient sex offenders in most regions were ordered to report to a center to spend the curfew under supervision. Statewide, several special transient sex-offender curfew centers were operated Halloween night.
For more information about Operation Boo please visit: www.cdcr.ca.gov
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOVEMBER 1, 2014
CONTACT: LUIS PATINO