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.
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.