13 ARRESTED IN SEX OFFENDER SWEEP IN LANCASTER.Byline: Greg Botonis Staff Writer
LANCASTER - More than 60 state and local law enforcement officers took to the streets Wednesday morning in a five-hour sweep to check on 65 registered sex offenders sex offender n. generic term for all persons convicted of crimes involving sex, including rape, molestation, sexual harassment and pornography production or distribution. living in Lancaster.
The operation resulted in the arrests of 10 sex offenders who weren't living up to the terms of their parole or probation - such as by possession of drugs, weapons or pornography - and three other people who were at the offenders' homes.
``We conduct these to make sure that the registrants are abiding by their court-ordered terms,'' said Deputy Dan Burdick of the Lancaster sheriff's station.
State agents focused on Sierra Highway Sierra Highway is a road in Southern California, United States. It runs from Tunnel Station near the north limit of the City of Los Angeles, where it intersects with San Fernando Road and Foothill Boulevard, as well as Interstate 5, and continues north to Mojave, mostly paralleling hotels and motels Motels may refer to any of the following:
As conditions of their release from prison or jail, parolees and probationers convicted of sex offenses A class of sexual conduct prohibited by the law.
Since the 1970s this area of the law has undergone significant changes and reforms. Although the commission of sex offenses is not new, public awareness and concern regarding sex offenses have grown, resulting in the are generally barred from possessing pornographic material, drugs, weapons or any item that might conceal their identity, and are ordered to avoid other sex offenders. Authorities can impose other specific or general terms based on the specific offense.
At one man's apartment, law officers found a large shoe box full of pornographic magazines and videotapes, which they confiscated con·fis·cate
tr.v. con·fis·cat·ed, con·fis·cat·ing, con·fis·cates
1. To seize (private property) for the public treasury.
2. To seize by or as if by authority. See Synonyms at appropriate.
adj. . The man was arrested on suspicion of a parole violation and taken to the Lancaster sheriff's station jail.
At another parolee's home, a man answered the door clad in boxer shorts boxer shorts
Men's full-cut undershorts.
boxer shorts or boxers
men's underpants shaped like shorts but with a front opening
boxer shorts box and a T-shirt. When he asked whether he could put his pants on before they searched his home, a deputy found about $300 worth of cocaine in the pocket.
The man told deputies the pants and drugs were not his, although identification in his name was in a pocket. The man was taken into custody.
Wednesday's sweep was not in reaction to news reports last week that California Department of Justice records show that authorities have lost track of 44 percent of the state's 33,000 convicted sex offenders, officials said.
``This operation has been in the works for about four months,'' Burdick said. ``This is not a reaction to that report.''
Officials say they know the locations of 97 percent of the 433 sex offenders registered in Lancaster, Quartz Hill, Antelope Acres and Lake Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. . An analyst assigned to the Lancaster sheriff's station keeps track of them, officials said.
Wednesday's sweep involved officers from the Lancaster sheriff's station's Gang Violence Suppression team, California Highway Patrol highway patrol
A state law enforcement organization whose police officers patrol the public highways. , the California Department of Corrections, the California Department of Justice, state parole officers and Los Angeles County probation officers probation officer
1. An official usually attached to a juvenile court and charged with the care of juvenile delinquents.
2. An official charged with supervising convicts at large on suspended sentence or probation. .
(1 -- 2) Sheriff's deputies, above, escort a registered sex offender who was found with pornographic videotapes and magazines, in violation of the terms of his parole. Left, deputies check a motor home where another offender lives in a Lancaster trailer park; he was not at home.
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