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Two arrested during checks on sex offenders

Police say two men were arrested last week after a routine check on registered sex offenders run by a county task force found that one wasn't complying with conditions of his parole and the other had child pornography on his computer.

On Wednesday, Sept. 16, Mountain View detectives and officers acting under the Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) task force conducted 20 compliance checks to ensure that registered sex offenders are not violating the law or the terms of their parole.

During the checks, Charles Reyes, 46, was arrested when police allegedly found evidence suggesting a violation of the conditions of his parole. A second man, Benjamin Wright, 41, was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography on his laptop computer. Wylie said Wright is now in jail with bail set at $100,000, and is scheduled to appear in court in the coming week.

— Katherine Tolentino

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Posted by Cuesta Park Mom
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Sep 23, 2009 at 12:40 pm

Has anyone else heard about a sex offender hanging around Bubb Park? I have received the following email warning from several sources:

Pass this along to any of your neighbors and local friends.... (came from a very VERY reliable source)

Head's up if you go to Bubb Park in Mt View. There is a registered
sex offender hanging out at the bathrooms at Bubb Park. I am just
forwarding this so you can keep an eye on your kids and their safety.

call 650-903-6395 from your cell for emergencies

Here are hard facts confirmed with authorities:
-Yes, this person has been around for years. But not without incidents. Yes, we are talking about one guy. The fence guy and the bathroom guy are the same guy.

-The police agree he is escalating, and he is confirmed as a registered sex offender. He has been considered low risk in the past. The police and many neighbors have noted an uptick in his behavior these past few months.

- He is enough of a threat that the parks department was instructed to build a second fence. He may be able to go in and out through that fence due to a gap, or loosened boards.

- Due to certain laws he does not fit the criteria to be on the Megan's law website.

- It is not clear whether the school could have legally shared the nature of its restraining order, posted info in the office for parents to see, mentioned it in a newsletter, or shared their knowledge about this person and his shared fence with Bubb Park.


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Posted by kathy
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Sep 23, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Comment on post by Cuesta Park Mom....what do we do, wait until he molests a little kid and THEN re-arrest him? Why aren't the police doing something about this? If this guy is lurking around Park bathrooms that sounds like grounds for arrest or at least relocating him someplace else? If I lived in that area (especially with children) I would be raising H__L about it. And another note, the parks department had to put up a 2nd fence, who paid for that? I am sure you can guess.


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Posted by peter
a resident of Waverly Park
on Sep 23, 2009 at 5:00 pm

The police are only interested in arresting decent people who look drunk and don't do what their told when ordered about by them.


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Posted by Concerned
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Sep 23, 2009 at 5:24 pm

I don't have any special knowledge here but I suspect the person mentioned by Cuesta Park Mom is not a registered sex offender. If he were, then hanging around a park would be grounds to take some action.


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Sep 25, 2009 at 9:35 am

I don't care if he is registered or not. If he is "hanging out" in bathrooms in a children's park, then the police should be on it. Like the poster above said, will it take a tragic incident for some action to be taken on this? I don't understand the fence and the loose boards. The park is wide open to the street. Where is this fence and how is it suppose to keep this one person out?


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Posted by mom
a resident of Monta Loma
on Sep 29, 2009 at 8:58 am

Can anybody describe what this guy looks like. I take my child to Bubb Park and I want to know what this guy looks like.

Thanks


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