Photo via LA Probation Department
Photo via Los Angeles County Department of Probation

Authorities on Friday raided scores of homes across the county to ensure that convicted child predators are complying with their probation, arresting three sex offenders and a man found in bed with a 10-year-old girl.

Investigators also arrested the girl’s mother, officials said.

“Operation Safe Halloween” began about 6 a.m. and targeted 66 sex offenders convicted of various types of crimes against children, including molestation and rape, Carol Lin of the Los Angeles County Department of Probation said.

“The group was selected first by computer statistics seeking probationers with special court-ordered conditions to stay away from children,” Lin said.

“Then, that list was hand-culled by supervising probation officers for offenders who scored the highest on a ‘Static 99’ test, which measures the risk for re-offending,” Lin said.

In a Pomona home, officers found a man in bed with a 10-year-old girl, Lin said. Authorities arrested him on outstanding warrants, and also arrested the girl’s mother on suspicion of child endangering, Lin said.

A 32-year-old sex offender who was living in an adjacent bedroom at the residence was arrested for violation of his probation, Lin said.

The girl was placed into protective custody by the Department of Children and Family Services, Lin said.

At a Santa Clarita residence, authorities arrested a 22-year-old sex offender who was living with his mother — who apparently was running a child daycare service out of her home, Lin said.

“A female tenant who also also lived in the residence with her infant son and 9-year-old daughter told (investigators) she had no idea the man was a convicted sex offender,” Lin said.

Authorities had been looking for violations such as possession of paraphernalia used to entice and lure children, Lin said. Violations may include costumes, candy, Halloween decor, pornography, drugs, weapons, and the presence of children in the homes, she said.

Among the items confiscated were five computers, 13 USB sticks and memory cards, some marijuana and a methamphetamine pipe, Lin said.

—City News Service

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