LANCASTER – A five-hour Halloween enforcement operation targeting paroled sex offenders in the Antelope Valley ended late Friday night without any arrests, authorities said.
“We found no violations, which is a good thing,” said California State Adult Parole Operations Supervisor Larry Dorsey.
Now in its 21st year, Operation Boo is an annual statewide safety initiative aimed at protecting young trick-or-treaters from sexual predators on Halloween. Parole agents conduct compliance checks on known sex offenders to make sure they’re following special orders, including a 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew, during which parolees must remain indoors with the exterior lights turned off, and a ban on Halloween decorations and distributing candy.
For this year’s Operation Boo, four teams of parole agents visited 33 locations throughout the Antelope Valley, including Lancaster, Palmdale, Lake Los Angeles and Antelope Acres, according to Dorsey.
“We focused on registered sex offenders who have been convicted of 288, which is child molestation,” Dorsey said. “We conducted a door knock at the parolees’ residences and did a visual search to ensure they were in compliance with their parole conditions.”
“This is done annually, so it’s no big surprise to the parolees… but it definitely gave us an opportunity to see what these guys are doing after hours on a Friday night,” Dorsey said, adding that Operation Boo this year was “very successful.”