Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Los Angeles Register: Sierra Madre sex offender allowed to reside near school of former victim

Not how they deal with it here.
(Mod: There is a meeting at City Hall this evening that deals with the Internet and the safety of children. The Sierra Madre Police Department, along with their guests from the FBI, will be discussing that matter. However, there will also be quite a few parents in attendance who will want to discuss another child safety issue. That issue being the right of Sierra Madre's kids to reside in this community safe from sexual predators. An issue that Sierra Madre has been strangely lax about lately. Here is an article hot from today's issue of the Los Angeles Register (link) that should completely blow your mind. Assuming you have one.)

Sierra Madre sex offender allowed to reside near school of former victim – Despite state laws that require sex offenders to live more than 2,000 feet away from schools and parks, Sierra Madre Police have determined that a child molester newly released from prison can legally live about 500 feet away from a Catholic grade school.

AWest, formerly known as Andrew West Reid, Jr, 60, served eight years in federal prison for molesting and photographing a 6-year-old girl. The victim was a friend of his daughter, who was also 6 at the time, court documents showed.

Due to the severity of his crimes, the former children’s television art director was required to register with local police upon returning home this month.

His current residence, publicly available under Megan’s Law, is just 544 feet away from Saint Rita Catholic School, which serves pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.

That’s four times closer than he should be to school-age children under state law. Local police, however, said AWest isn’t breaking any rules.

“We have looked very carefully at where he is living now and had long discussions with his federal parole officer,” said Cpt. Carlos Islas of the Sierra Madre Police Department. “At this point in time he is in compliance with the conditions set forth under state and federal law.”

(Mod: We need to stop here for a second because that statement is does not make any sense. Captain Carlos Islas is either completely unfamiliar with the law, or just doesn't care. What follows is a fact sheet from the State of California on Jessica's Law. I am posting a screen shot of the appropriate passages here.)



(Mod: So you know, within that range of 2,000 feet lie all of St. Rita's, The Gooden School and the Turtle Park. Bethany Christian School is right at the 2,000 foot line. Reid, who was convicted and sentenced to eight years in prison for sexually assaulting a six year old girl, has somehow been deemed fit by the SMPD to live as close as a tenth of a mile from such places. Sites where children the same age as his victim congregate on a daily basis. Here is the rest of The Register article.)

Local parents who know the victim and her family said that she was a student at St. Rita’s eight years ago. However, AWest did not gain access to the young girl through the school, according to court records.

The former art director for children’s television shows on Disney and PBS Kids met his victim through his daughter.

“Plaintiff alleged that (AWest) was a friend of plaintiff’s family ... and utilized his position of trust to gain access to plaintiff and sexually abuse her,” the case file said.

AWest served three concurrent sentences from 2006 to 2014 in federal prison. He pleaded no contest to two felony counts of committing lewd acts upon a child, and guilty to one count of possessing child pornography in United States District Court, records show.

Department of Justice officials and representatives of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office were unable to immediately comment Tuesday on the circumstances of the case, and what possible exceptions could apply to allow AWest to live so close to a children’s school, in light of his crimes.

Awest worked as the art director for PBS Kids’ “Jay Jay the Jet Plane” children’s television show at the time of his arrest in 2006, according to the show’s website. He was the recipient of two art direction awards for Disney Channel shows “Rock’n’Roll Mother Goose” and “Adventures in Wonderland.”

Awest also acted as a liaison between Sierra Madre and production companies wanting to film in the area.

(Mod: It will be interesting to see what the Department of Justice and the District Attorney's office make of the SMPD's rather risky call here. My guess is they will have a different opinion …  I have been saying for awhile that Sierra Madre has been remarkably lax in the case of sex offenders like Reid. The fact that the City of Sierra Madre refused to register Bob Matheson as a sex offender upon his return from Canada, where he had pleaded guilty and was imprisoned for possession of a laptop filled with child pornography that he had brought with him from here, is reason enough to raise such questions. In my mind this latest instance of troubling SMPD irresponsibility confirms what many have been saying. Why there is this kind of disconnect is anybody's guess.)

The meeting at City Hall this evening is at 6:30 pm. If you care about this issue you might want to be there.

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65 comments:

  1. Whatever we can do to see that this guy lives far,far away from our schools and parks must be done! Ask Officer Islas where his young female family members reside in relation to sexual predators in his community. Ask the realtors what disclosure that have to make regarding this in the houses nearby that they have listed, etc., etc., etc.

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    1. It is common knowledge that child predators have multiple victims. There's no telling how many children have suffered because of this imitation of a person. It is outrageous that he is not subject to Jessica's Law.

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    2. if I had young children and bought a house in an area with a registered sex offender and the realtor(s) did not disclose it, I'd sue the realtor(s) for mental anquish.

      Realtor dot com should have a filter for registered sex offenders or realtors should disclose

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    3. Realtors are not, under law, obligated to tell potential buyers where sexual offenders live, they are required to give you the information as to where YOU can look up the information either on line or telephone numbers to call to get pertinent info. They've already been sued for this and created a disclosure process to protect themselves from further litigation. Now if they don't enclose the disclosure in a transaction then recourse may take place.

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  2. This is devastating for our community. How can this be?

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    1. doesn't surprise me that move back to SM for the attention

      he wanted attention as the film coordinator

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  3. Does anyone know the name of the person the Captain cites as his justification for this decision? The Captain should not be relying on unnamed sources for something this important.

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  4. Just how many men with a habit of child pornography live here? I know how many have been exposed, but just what is going on? Is there a group, or a subset of residents who are this evil?

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  5. Looks like the Town Hall meeting was scheduled a while ago. No doubt it will have very good information for dealing with the dangers online, but the sexual deviant a few blocks away? Maybe not so much.

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    1. People who bring AWest up tonight could be told that since it is not on the agenda nobody working for the city can discuss it. How that will help the city's cause at this point is beyond me.

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    2. That's a possibility 7:06. "That is not in the scope of the meeting"

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  6. 6:40 am
    When we first heard of the Bob Matheson scandal, many people we know thought there was a huge coverup here, and that it is likely or was likely that several men in Sierra Madre were likely involved in this disgusting scandal.
    The thought of his victims, makes one sick, just sick. Shame on all involved in this here in our town, except of course his innocent VICTIMS. What about them? Doesn't anyone care?
    While most of us do care, very much, I'm quite sure there are men in this town and men who have moved out of this town who do not give a tinker's damn.

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  7. "In compliance" Huh? So obviously out of compliance.
    Or maybe there's a different law for these guys in Sierra Madre.

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  8. Once again our incompentent cops make their own rules. This is disgraceful.
    Tar and feather him and the cops that made that decision.

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    1. maybe Awest fall asleep in his car and Officer Amos can shoot him n the back

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  9. "At this point in time." what does the PD spokesperson mean by that?

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    1. Maybe it means "until something happens."

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    2. Sierra Madre PD has no power to enforce where Awest lives, that has been legislatively assigned to County Probation. To blame SMPD for something out of their control is a waste of our time. Focus where we should, to get a judge to file a restraining order, or to get LACPD to enforce current laws. The number for LACPD is (213) 974-9331 or 1-866-931-2222

      The next best step is to go to a judge and get a restraining order requiring him to move.

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    3. Then why did the Captain answer the question the way he did? You mean to say the Sierra Madre PD has no real jurisdiction over their own town in a matter such as this?

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    4. So why won't the SMPD take action and contact a judge?

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    5. Law enforcement is just another state and county government bureaucracy. Each has their own narrow area of responsibility, which they then neglect to do. The SMPD is merely for resident vanity.

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  10. We know these creeps depend on each other, so what kind of message is the SMPD sending out? Come on to this town because you'll be exempt.

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    1. Sierra Madre is a safe haven. That is the message.

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    2. We don't have Sheriffs.

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  11. Everything SMPD is allowed to do is codified. They can't get a restraining order against a resident unless they are the targets of the harassment. the civil action against this pervert has to be done by the useless city attorney.

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  12. The sky is falling,The sky is falling.......Stay in your shanties and pray to the one and only true God.

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    1. You're so what's wrong with society today. I wish you the worst.

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    2. Mine is a slanty shanty with a droop stoop. Thank you very much.

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    3. A roughly built, often ramshackle cabin; a shack. We are not all salty seamen........
      And yes 238 I am what's wrong with society and as such I wish you the best. Allah Akbar!

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    4. Why are you trolling here? Don't you have someone to behead?

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    5. Perhaps there is much more to be done than a simple beheading?

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    6. Actually it's. ..Allahu Akbar.....you need Muslim training.

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    7. I think Al skipped the full topping and got the lobotomy instead.

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    8. Foiled again!! Batman.

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  13. Google Megan's law , look up the listed predators, put in your zip code, bring up info on him, at the bottom ask the DOJ why he's allowed to live 500 feet from a school.

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  14. Government does not work very well. People are used to that. But then something comes along that is actually serious, and the result is the same. It is shocking.

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  15. There is an update of the LA Register article up. Same URL. But added is this interesting paragraph:

    “Typically after sentencing, local law enforcement steps in and is responsible for ensuring compliance,” said Shiara Davila-Morales, chief of media relations for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office. “The district attorney is no longer involved at that point,” she said.

    Contradicts a couple of today's comments.

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  16. Who will report on tonight's safety meeting?

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    1. Is this town hall going to be broadcast on KGEM?

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    2. Nope. Be here or be not here.

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    3. It's not of concern enough to city hall to be broadcast.

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  17. Looks like local media has picked up the story. Both ktla and kabc had news vans there when I passed by.

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    1. Chief was standing in front of the cameras while women in tight fitting clothing held microphones in front of his face.

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    2. Looks like I'll have to watch in on network news.

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    3. Eyewitless News is in the house.

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  18. I'm so ashamed of our police department.

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  19. Chief G is telling the assembled that the FBI goes first, then the AWest saga.

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  20. How many people are there?

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    1. Nearly full house.

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    2. I'm here I think Awest is seated last row on the left

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    3. If he drowns hes innocent!!

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    4. 7:22, we really don't need any more proof that there is a community of people in Sierra Madre who support pedophilia.

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    5. Don't be silly, 7:19. He wouldn't show up - like all child predators he is essentially a coward.

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    6. Support pedophilia?

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    7. Sierra Madre is a known pedophilia haven.

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  21. I just don't get the police department's attitude. Do they not understand? Have they never met children, or considered what these crimes against children do to them? It is genuinely baffling.

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  22. Smacks of cronyism. Maybe the chief needs to go.

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  23. IGNORANCE BREEDS CONTEMPT!!! None of you know any of the true facts of this case! The AWest family are truly beautiful people and those of you that would condemn someone knowing truly nothing about the facts of the case, nor the people involved, are truly borderline ignorant. I guess you have nothing better to do with your time than to promote Fear Mongering and trying to gather a "lynch mob"? Look into the corruption case of the Pasadena Police Department. Interesting how this is not mentioned at all! Google that case! Whisper a story in your neighbors ear, and by the time it gets around town and gets back to you, it is a different story altogether from the one you told. Hope you all know that you so blinded by FEAR that you fail to see the facts, and how could you possibly know them? You do not! Sounds like you have not much better to do with your time than to cause chaos in the world.

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    1. IGNORANCE BREEDS CONTEMPT ... FIRST OF ALL THE PASADENA POLICE DEPARTMENT ISN'T A CITY OF SIERRA MADRE PROBLEM .
      SOME PEOPLE THOUGHT HITLER WAS A GOOD GUY ...WHEN GOOD PEOPLE DO NOTHING EVIL PREVAILES .
      FRANKLY WHEN THIS PREDATOR WAS CAUGHT I'M BETTING HE TURNED OVER EVIDENCE IN REGARDS TO HIS ACTIONS ... CHILD PORN LOVERS WORK IN NETWORKS .
      THE SAFTEY OF OUR CHILDREN WAS SOLD OUT TO GET A BIGGER AND BETTER SHARK ... BE AFRAID PEOPLE.

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  24. if any of you read newspapers or did some basic internet research, you would know the law was declared unconstitutional last year.

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    1. disregard my post here. I did not notice the article was over year old. sorry

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