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Sex offender charged with stalking

Posted: November 6, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 6, 2012 2:00 a.m.

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A local registered sex offender in and out of jail since June for twice violating his parole has been charged with two counts of stalking, court papers show.

Parole was revoked for William Greggory Babb, 52, on Oct. 30 after he violated conditions to stay away from a young man he victimized sexually
in 2010.

Babb was arraigned in San Fernando Superior Court on two felony counts of stalking and entered a plea of not guilty, said Jane Robison of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

He is being held in custody with bail set at $1 million.

According to the criminal complaint filed against him by county prosecutors, the 6-foot-tall, 300-pound Babb “willfully, maliciously and repeatedly followed” a local man and harassed him between Sept. 11 and Sept. 18 on at least two occasions.

Babb’s stalking of the young man who had been his victim in 2010 created a “credible threat” so that the victim was fearful for his safety and the safety of his family, according to the complaint.

Prosecutors point out in their complaint that the victim’s family had already sworn out a restraining order against Babb and that Babb was forbidden according to conditions of his parole to approach the victim.

Babb is scheduled to appear in San Fernando Superior Court on Dec. 4 for the stalking charges.

“They did a good job,” said Caroline Mason, referring to Babb’s designated parole officer and a deputy from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station who followed through on the complaint she filed that led to Babb’s most recent arrest.

Mason, whose son was victimized by Babb in 2010 and named as a stalking victim in the latest felony complaint against Babb, had called the Sheriff’s Station in September when Babb entered an ice cream shop where her son works and asked for the young man by name.

Any contact with her son would be a violation of Babb’s parole.

Babb was arrested at his home shortly after the visit.

He was ordered on Oct. 30 to be kept in custody for at least 180 days.

Babb had pleaded guilty to one felony count of contacting a minor with the intention of engaging in lewd or lascivious behavior in June 2010.

The charge stems from having preyed on church-going boys in 2010.

He was declared a registered sex offender.

jholt@the-signal.com

661-287-5527

 

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