Press Release

 

Deputies Conduct Sex Registrant Compliance Checks in Ojai Area
8/26/2013 4:45:00 PM

 

Nature of Incident:

Sex Registrant Compliance Checks

Report Number:

N/A

Location:

Ojai Valley

Date & Time:

August 24, 2013

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ojai Police Department

Ventura County Sheriff's Major Crimes Unit

 

Narrative:

On August 24, 2013, deputies from the Ojai Police Department and Ventura County Sheriff's Office conducted compliance checks at the residences of 44 registered sex offenders in communities of Ojai, Meiners Oaks, Oak View, Casitas Springs and the unincorporated area of northern Ventura.  The compliance checks were part of the Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) grant.  California state law requires persons convicted of specific sexual assault crimes to register with the law enforcement agency where they reside.

 

36 of the 44 registered sex offenders were in compliance with their registration requirements.  Eight of the registrants were not contacted because they were not home or had moved.  Detectives will follow-up to determine if those registrants are out-of-compliance.  There were no arrests made during any of these contacts.   

 

The Ventura County Sheriff's Office will be conducting similar sweeps randomly throughout the county.  The purpose of the compliance checks is to verify registered sex offenders are living at their reported residences and within the terms of any probation or parole that may apply.

 

Ojai residents are encouraged to visit the Megan's Law website (www.meganslaw.ca.gov/) to familiarize themselves with the sex registrants in their community.

 

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against person(s) responsible for committing crimes against children in Ventura County.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

 

Prepared by:

Sergeant Jeff Miller

 

Media Release Date:

August 26, 2013

 

Follow-Up Contact:

Sergeant Jeff Miller / 805-384-4721

Investigator Jim Botting / 805-384-4743

 

 

Approved by:

Captain Chris Dunn

 

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