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Detectives check on sex offenders

Posted: June 26, 2009 10:00 p.m.
Updated: June 27, 2009 4:30 a.m.

Sheriff's detectives D. Winslow, top, and W. Norian form one of 30 teams who fanned out across the Santa Clarita to check on sex-offender regulation compliance of some 200 local sex offenders on Friday.

 

Sheriff’s detectives swept across the Santa Clarita Valley to check in on more than 200 registered sex offenders Friday, looking for convicts who may have illegally moved away or swapped cars without telling police.

About 30 detectives made unannounced visits to the sex offenders’ homes, grilling them or, if they weren’t there, questioning their roommates or relatives.

The vast majority have done everything the courts have required of them, said Detective Dave Campbell, who keeps track of the valley’s registered sex offenders.

“A few of the registrants, I do have warrants out for their arrests,” he said. “Only a handful of people (did something wrong). I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out.”

The sweep comes on the heels of a new ordinance banning new sex offenders from living in the vast majority of the city.

Since June 12, registered sex offenders have been banned from moving into homes within 2,000 feet of paseos, trails, parks and child-care centers. That covers most of the city, save for the outskirts of Canyon Country and Newhall and an area east of Highway 126 at Interstate 5.

The 230 or so sex offenders who already live within Santa Clarita won’t be affected, so long as they stay put.

Convicted sex offenders must register with the local sheriff’s station before moving into Santa Clarita. Detectives perform sweeps like Friday’s to make sure all of their information is still current.

At one of the morning stops, an offender’s groggy roommate answered the door when detectives knocked. The sex offender had taken a trip to Las Vegas, he told them.

“Is he still driving a red Nissan, or has that changed?” asked one detective, who identified himself only as Detective Winslow.

The roommate mumbled something.

“A black Jetta?” Winslow said, jotting something down in his notebook.

After a few more questions, Winslow and his colleague apologized for waking the sleepy roommate and went on to the next address on their list.
 

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