This is HORRIFICALLY beyond the pale. SWAT TEAMS? 8 different law enforcement agencies? OVER 100 COPS? They don't send HALF that amount for raids against DRUG LORDS WITH SEMI-AUTOMATIC WEAPONS AND GRENADES, or Osama Bin Laden!
By Sandy Mazza
Children's toys, magazines and underwear have been found in a Wilmington motel where dozens of paroled child molesters and other sex offenders live.
The items were discovered when a massive police task force descended on the Harbor Inn late Friday.
The sweep ended with eight parolees and one probationer heading back to jail for violating the terms of their release.
Registered sex offenders are not allowed to possess items that would attract children.
- Really? So I guess that would include almost anything then. Like the flashing lights on the GPS tracking devices.
Officers also found narcotics and sex paraphernalia during a search that lasted until midnight.
Authorities confiscated a computer and several digital media devices, on which they will search for evidence of child pornography or other illegal photographs or videos.
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation parole agent Shana Gorey organized the raid because she received information that crimes were taking place and children were visiting the motel, located in the 700 block of Flint Street.
"I gathered information from an investigation that weapons and child pornography" were at the motel, Gorey said.
The men living at the motel have convictions including child molestation, rape with force, forced oral copulation and lewd and lascivious acts with a child, she said.
|Gestapo preparing for the raid|
They included personnel from the Inglewood, Long Beach, Montebello and Los Angeles police departments, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Marshals, Los Angeles County parole and probation departments and the Department of Children and Family Services.
- Hell, why didn't you call in the Army, Navy, Marines and all other military? Might as well!
A county tactical team entered the two-story motel at about 8 p.m. Friday and cleared about 40 rooms. The inhabitants were handcuffed and held outside in an alley while drug and weapons-sniffing dogs searched their rooms.
After the dogs finished, officers went through each room searching for illegal items. They were primarily interested in making sure 25 registered sex offenders living there were complying with the terms of their parole. About 15 more men there also had committed sex offenses at one time but were no longer on parole, officials said.
- So why didn't you just send probation/parole officers over to each offenders place, and have them do their job? How much did this insane raid cost?
Wilmington neighborhoods are densely populated with sex offenders because many of them are not near schools or parks, and California law requires that they live and work at least 2,000 feet away from such areas, officials said.
- Yeah, so your laws force people into clusters like this, and because of your own laws, you carry out massive raids like this? Come on! The GESTAPO are out in force, soon they will be knocking on your door as well!
"The main reason they end up there is it's a compliant area and the rent is cheap," Gorey said.
Tiffani Trenell was one of several people visiting the motel who were detained during the search. She was there with her boyfriend, a convicted sex offender who was arrested that night for possession of marijuana.
She said she was visiting a friend's room when SWAT officers knocked on the door.
"They told me to put my hands behind my back and I got scared," Trenell said. "I don't like to get caught up in this."
Another woman who was detained while visiting her boyfriend - a convicted child molester - is eight months pregnant with his child.
Officers said they plan to stay in contact with the mother to make sure she does not bring the child around her boyfriend.
- So does he have orders to not be around kids, especially his own? If not, then doing this is illegal and harassment!
Children are not allowed at the motel because of the sex offenders living there. A hand-written sign in the lobby reads: "No kids."
The rooms at the motel are only single bedrooms. Each floor shares a bathroom and kitchen. Most rooms had a hot pot and some groceries, a single bed, a television and radio. Photos of Jesus and Catholic saints adorned many of the walls and refrigerators.
Officers found pictures of young women stuffed in the pages of a Bible, as well as stuffed animals and teen magazines in the rooms of middle-aged men.
Officers found one high-risk violent sex offender carrying a bag with pornography and sex paraphernalia. Children's panties were recovered in the room of one convicted child molester.
This is the second time this year the motel has been raided by a police task force.
"I just wanted the community to see that we were out there keeping the community safe," Gorey said.
- Yeah, got to "look tough" on crime, and let the people know the GESTAPO are out in force!
The GESTAPO in action