Sex Offenders Arrested in Parkway Sweeps

It has long been known that many sex offenders were among the illegal campers in the Parkway and it is good to see that number reduced, as reported by KCRA Channel 3.

An excerpt.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) —A multi-agency task force led by Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies arrested 28 sex offenders in a three-day sweep primarily targeting transients along the American River Parkway.

The Sacramento County Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Team, or SAFE, worked the area from Nov. 17 to 19 and contacted 284 sex offenders.

Sixteen people were arrested for outstanding warrants; another 12 were not properly registered as sex offenders.

“Transients by statutory law are required to check in every 30 days and re-register as a transient,” Deputy Tony Turnbull said. “They weren’t re-registering. So, at that point it’s hard to monitor them, it’s hard enough to monitor them as transients.”

The county SAFE team is responsible for tracking approximately 4,000 registered sex offenders within the county and the cities it encompasses. More than 10 percent of sex offenders are registered as transients.

“It takes operations such as this to get out into the areas where they may be living or they may be hanging out,” Turnbull said.

With more than 5 million users each year, the American River Parkway is Sacramento County’s most popular trail. Many said they’re aware of the area’s inhabitants and take precautions.

“The first thing everyone said to me was don’t run alone as a woman,” said Allyson Conwell, who regularly runs on the trail. “There’s always an incident, you hear about them regularly throughout the year.”

Conwell carries her keys with her as a potential weapon and said she stays alert on the trail.

“You just have to trust your instincts and you know, turn around and call it a run,” Conwell said.

“There is a lot of homeless, and a lot of drug and crime,” resident Karin Alon said as she walked on the trail.


About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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