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Officials look to limit sex offender

Authorities say they will try to place restrictions on convict

Posted: September 9, 2011 1:30 a.m.
Updated: September 9, 2011 1:30 a.m.
 

A registered sex offender spotted this week near the home of one of his victims might be forbidden to enter the entire neighborhood, if state officials get their way.

A spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said families of victims who want to be notified about a parolee’s release need to file a formal request for such notification.

A Canyon Country mother complained Wednesday she didn’t receive notice from the state when a convicted sex offender was released from prison over the weekend.

The Corrections Department spokesman said the agency received no request to notify her, but it may succeed in having her neighborhood declared off limits to the pedophile convicted last year of preying on church-going boys.

“We are looking into the possibility of using a separate law regarding public safety to make that entire neighborhood an exclusion zone,” said Corrections spokesman Luis Patino.


On Tuesday, a Tumbleweed Way resident whose son was victimized made a frantic call to the mother of a second victim telling her she spotted registered sex offender William Greggory Babb on her street.

Babb, 50, is required to wear a GPS monitor at all times, and the area around the church had been set as an exclusionary zone from the beginning of Babb’s parole, Patino noted Thursday.


Conviction
In the spring of 2010, Babb, then 49, 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 mothers and church officials at the North Oaks Church of Christ in Canyon Country, where Babb befriended at least one of the boys four years ago, expressed outrage over not having receiving notification of his release Saturday.


Patino explained Thursday that his department never received a formal request from the family of any of Babb’s victims that they were to be notified about his release.


Typically, Los Angeles County court officials processing convictions — such as Babb’s conviction in June 2010 — send a letter to the families of victims outlining their rights as victims.


Notification not made
Caroline Mason, whose son was victimized by Babb, said she received such a letter and returned it.


But the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation never received formal notification from the county or the Mason family that she should be notified, Patino said.


The department deals annually with hundreds of thousands of victims, Patino said. It requires a formal request from victims’ families in order to notify each of them.


“We did not receive that notification,” he said on the phone Thursday.


“We had no victim’s name or address, but now that we have made contact with the victim’s mother, we will add an exclusionary zone for the area around victim’s residence,” Patino explained in a follow-up email.


“Now that we know where the victim lives, and due to public safety concerns for the community, we are looking at whether we can invoke a separate law that may allow us to relocate the parolee away from that community.”

Sentenced
Babb was convicted and sentenced to three years in prison.


But the judge gave him credit for time served while his case was being heard, and Babb also qualified for “day for day credits,” Patino said.


Since he was sentenced to a predetermined period by the judge, there was no parole hearing, at which victims could testify, Patino said.

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