After contacting hundreds of sexual offender registrants, Sheriff’s Office personnel have made five arrests and are investigating several other 290 PC registrants who violated their sex offender registration requirements, Sgt. Jose Cardoza of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s said.
The Sheriff’s Office Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Task Force (SAFE) was tasked with physically contacting and interviewing all known South County residents with a sexual assault conviction in an attempt to gather information in the disappearance of Sierra LaMar, 15, who was last seen at her Morgan Hill home over a month ago.
However, the arrested individuals were not detained in connection with the Sierra LaMar case, they were contacted because investigators were already conducting such interviews, and were arrested for their failure to register, Cardoza said.
“It’s related, but not,” Cardoza said. “Had they not been contacted because of the Sierra LaMar case, most likely they wouldn’t have been arrested.”
SAFE officials contacted the 267 active sexual assault offenders registered in the South County area, but five apparently failed to register as required by California law.
Of the almost 300 sexual offenders who are registered in the South County area, 144 live in Gilroy, 101 live in Morgan Hill and 22 are San Martin residents.
Patch is currently trying to gather more information about the sexual offenders who failed to register, and will update this post when and if more information is released.