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Saugus residents oppose registered sex offender’s return

Corrections Department says parolee has right to return to his home

Posted: May 8, 2013 6:37 p.m.
Updated: May 8, 2013 6:37 p.m.
William Greggory Babb William Greggory Babb
William Greggory Babb

A registered sex offender recently released from a jail sentence for previously violating his parole is back in the same neighborhood where he lived when he committed those violations, and neighbors are protesting.

But officials with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation say William Greggory Babb, 52, has a right to live with his mother at their mobile home in a park in Saugus after serving his sentence.

Babb was released from jail Tuesday after completing a 180-day sentence handed down last fall, court records show.
“The point is: How come he’s back?” said William Henderson, who lives 60 feet from the Babb residence in the same mobile home park on Soledad Canyon Road.

“I still have a 16-year-old grandson,” Henderson said.

“Others are upset too,” he said referring to a woman who lives near him. “She’s got grandkids visiting for Mother’s Day and she’s really upset because now her grandkids won’t come over because he’s here.”

Babb was labeled a registered 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.

Last summer Babb 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 last October revoked his parole and ordered him to stay in jail for 180 days.
On Tuesday 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.
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