Sweep results in 118 arrests statewide; weapons, guns, drugs and child porn confiscated
SACRAMENTO – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) parole agents arrested 118 of the 2,095 sex-offender parolees who were contacted during compliance checks or searches as part of the 18th annual Operation Boo Child Safety Project on Halloween night 2011. New charges were filed against six of the sex-offender parolees contacted.
“The 118 arrests among sex-offender parolees – for possession of weapons, narcotics, child pornography and other parole violations – prove that our statewide efforts with Operation Boo on Halloween night are not only well-founded but also necessary,” said Robert Ambroselli, Director of the Division of Adult Parole Operations. “Our educational efforts this year are also proving effective in the large numbers of parents who visited our website for our online parent’s guide.”
In addition to the traditional compliance checks, this year Operation Boo added two features:
Parent Empowerment: CDCR provided a free downloadable brochure with helpful information about ways to talk to children about dangerous behavior in adults, and Internet links for parents to check for sex-offenders in their area. The number of page views on CDCR’s website climbed by more than 50,000 this Halloween when compared to last year.
Transient Sex-Offender Curfew Centers: Since a significant number of sex-offenders are homeless, transient sex-offenders in most regions were ordered to report to a center to spend the curfew under supervision. Statewide, 12 special transient sex-offender curfew centers were operated Halloween night.
For more information about Operation Boo please visit: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 3, 2011
Contact: Luis Patino or Terry Thornton