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California Department of Correction's Operation 'Boo' keeping tabs on known sex offenders

Posted at 11:40 PM, Oct 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-01 02:40:07-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — This year marks the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's 26th annual 'Operation Boo' initiative.

On Halloween night, state parole agents teamed up with Kern County probation and Homeland Security to perform compliance checks on known sex offenders. The statewide initiative was launched in 1994. According to the CDCR, as of September 30, 2019 there were a total of 10,403 sex registrants who are active parolees under the department's supervision.

Operation 'Boo' officials say this year agents performed 43 compliance checks resulting in two arrests.

According to the Megan's Law website, there are 73,642 registered sex offenders in the state of California.

The U.S. Department of Justice says most sexual abuse against kids is perpetuated by people they know and trust. USDJ statistics show 30% of all perpetrators of child sexual abuse are the child's own family members. They say twice that many aren't family members but known to the child. Statistics show that not all sexual assaults are from adults. They say 23% of reported cases of child sexual abuse are perpetrated by people younger than 18 years of age.