SAN JOSE -- Five registered sex offenders were arrested for parole and drug violations during a sweep of two homeless camps earlier this month, the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office said Thursday.
Another five people at the camps were arrested on other warrants.
The sweep, conducted by the Sheriff's Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) Task Force, was carried out Jan. 4 as part of an intermittent series of operations to enforce residential and parole requirements by registered sex offenders in the county. Deputies, joined by state parole agents and the federal U.S. Marshal's Service contacted dozens of registrants to ensure conditions like living where they are registered.
It becomes more challenging when registrants are homeless: Of the 4,012 registered sex offenders in Santa Clara County, 620 are listed as transients. When this is the case, a registrant is required to register their whereabouts with authorities every 30 days, as opposed to those who have a physical address, for whom the registration requirement is annual.
The Jan.4 operation targeted two homeless encampments: one near Senter and Umbarger roads and another near Schallenberger and Oakland roads. Four sex registrants listed as transients were arrested for parole or drug violations. Another who had an address was also arrested for a parole violation.
In the course of the sweep, agents also arrested five people who were not sex registrants for miscellaneous
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