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Sex offender scheduled to be released

William Greggory Babb has served 73 days of a sentence for violating parole

Posted: January 30, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 30, 2014 2:00 a.m.

William Greggory Babb

 

A Canyon Country woman wants to know why the man convicted of molesting her son is being released from prison — again. 

Last week Caroline Mason — whose son was victimized by William Greggory Babb in 2010 — received a certified letter from officials at the North Kern State Prison alerting her to the fact that Babb is set to be released.

“Why are they releasing him back here?” Mason told The Signal upon receiving her notice.

“My main concern is that other people don’t know he’s being released,” she said. “And that’s a big deal.

“They can’t just keep letting people out of prison and not warn the public,” she added.

Babb, one of more than 50 locally registered sex offenders in the Santa Clarita Valley, has been in and out of custody at least four times since 2010 and is scheduled to be released from North Kern State Prison Friday.

He was sentenced on Oct. 21 and was actually put behind bars at the prison in Delano on Nov. 19.

Seventy-three days after entering that prison for having violated conditions of his probation for a third time last summer, Babb is being released.

A copy of the prison’s form letter obtained by The Signal is titled a “Notice of Release” and provides scant details about Babb’s sentence or release.

Prison officials checked a box on the form letter indicating: The inmate will be released to post release county supervision. They also checked another box on the form indicating: The inmate is required to register as a sex offender.

When asked to explain the circumstances of Babb’s release, a spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said it is the department’s policy not discuss such details.

“For security reasons we never announce any inmate movements,” said spokesman Bill Sessa.

Sessa, however, did provide information on how inmates earn and lose “credits” while incarcerated, not referring specifically to Babb’s case.

“If, for example, an inmate works on a fire line he earns a credit,” he said. “If he goofs off, he gets extra time.”
Before he was sent to prison for violating conditions of his parole last summer, Babb had already been in and out of custody.

In May 2013, he was released from jail after completing a 180-day sentence handed down the previous fall, court records show.

Babb was required to register as a sex offender in June 2010 after he pleaded guilty to one felony count of contacting a minor with the intention of engaging in lewd or lascivious behavior. The charge stems from having preyed on church-going boys in 2010.

In the summer of 2012, he was in and out of jail for twice violating his parole — once for having pornography on his computer and a second time for contacting a young man he molested.

As a result, parole officers in October 2012 revoked his parole and ordered him to stay in jail for 180 days.
In May 2013 that jail term expired, and Babb returned home.

Under conditions of his parole, Babb is required to wear a GPS monitor at all times and is barred from being in the area around the home of the young man he molested.

He is also prohibited from being near Golden Valley High School, the Santa Clarita Soccer Training Center, Congregation Beth Shalom, Heart of the Canyons Church, the Santa Clarita Islamic Center and four other houses of worship, including one through which Babb had contacted his victim.

jholt@signalscv.com
661-287-5527

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