Detail targets registered sex offenders

VISTA — Only one registered sex offender was caught not complying with terms of probation or parole on Feb. 23 when law enforcement officers conducted a large-scale detail with the goal of contacting every offender in the city.
The registered sex offender compliance check took place between 5 and 9 p.m. when a group of 30 law enforcement officers set out to make contact with all 158 offenders who live in the city.
Deputy Kirstin Lorek said the detail’s goal included verification that each offender was residing at the address they provided to authorities when they registered as a sex offender.
She said officers contacted and verified 116 sex offenders at their homes, and another 24 offenders’ residential locations were verified — but not contacted.
Seventeen of the offenders were not home during the residential visits, and one person was determined to be out of compliance, she said.
California law essentially says that each person who has been convicted in court of various sexual acts or assaults has to register as a sexual offender, she said.
A follow up detail is expected to take place to locate those who were not contacted.
The agencies that participated in the detail include the Encinitas and Vista sheriff’s stations, Oceanside Police Department, state parole, the county’s probation department, members of the Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement team and Vista Court Services Field Unit.

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