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Family angry over notice on pedophile

Crime: Community claims it found out on its own that sex offender was released

Posted: September 8, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: September 8, 2011 1:55 a.m.

William Greggory Babb, 50,

 

The mother of a boy molested by a registered sex offender was shocked to see his attacker out of prison and back on the street, having received no official notification of his release Saturday.

“This is ridiculous,” Caroline Mason, of Canyon Country, said Wednesday. “We are so done with not being informed about this guy living around our kids.”

In the spring of 2010, William Greggory Babb, 50, pleaded guilty in San Fernando Superior Court to one felony of contacting a minor with the intention of engaging in lewd or lascivious behavior.

On June 17, 2010, the 6-foot-1, 280-pound sex offender was put behind bars inside the California Institution for Men in Chino, at least 67 miles away from Canyon Country.

On Saturday, he was released from that prison. On Tuesday, he was spotted on Tumbleweed Way in Canyon Country, where one of his victims still resides.

“The state sent me a letter saying they would notify me in advance of his release so that we could prepare,” Mason said.
“Then yesterday (Tuesday), I get frantic calls from neighbors that they spotted him on their street.

“My son is still a minor,” Mason said. “And (Babb) is not supposed to be near children.”

Luis Patino, spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, confirmed that the department is required to notify the families of victims about their rights, including notification of release.

“We do need to call them to let them know that someone is going to be released,” Patino said.

Patino said he could not verify the details regarding notification of Babb’s release as of press time.

Babb was arrested Feb. 27, 2010, after preying on church-going boys.

He was kept at the North County Correctional Facility in Castaic with bail set at $750,000.

“He used churches, several in Santa Clarita, to befriend children to develop a strange relationship between a 49-year-old man and 13-, 14-, 15-year-old boys,” Los Angeles County Sheriff​‘s Detective Rich Simmons of the Santa Clarita Valley Station’s Special Victims Bureau was quoted as saying at the time of the arrest.

Babb was charged with 10 felony counts.

Church officials and parishioners of the North Oaks Church of Christ in Canyon County, where Babb befriended Mason’s son four years ago, were also shocked to learn of his return to the street Wednesday without having received official notification.

“The state did not contact us,” said Ray Davis, the church’s preacher. “It would have been nice.”

Davis said he understands the church may not be included in the state’s list of those required to receive notification, but he cannot understand why the family of the victims were not notified.

“We’re just glad we know about it now,” Davis said. “I was under the impression we would get some kind of formal notification and, at very least, that the family would have been notified — and they were not notified.”

Babb is listed as a registered sex offender on the Megan’s Law website maintained by the state’s Department of Justice.

The Megan’s Law website, which alerts the public about sex offenders, describes Babb’s conviction and his appearance but lists no current address for him or a photograph of him.

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