Sex Offender Arrested While Working at Martinez Carnival on Thursday

March 29, 2013 16:55 pm · 47 comments


A registered sex offender was arrested on Friday while working at the carnival, which is located near highway-4 & interstate-680 in Martinez, according to the Contra Costa Office of the Sheriff.

Detectives from the Office of the Sheriff were checking names of employees working at the carnival, and came across the registrant who is from Alameda County. Under California Penal Code section 290.95, registered sex offenders must notify their employers of their status, and he had not.

The operators of the carnival did not know that he was a registered sex offender and have been cooperative with law enforcement.

The registrant, who has not been identified, was arrested and booked into the Contra Costa County Jail in Martinez.

photo credit: Contra Costa Office of the Sheriff

TinFoiler March 29, 2013 at 4:57 PM
Morgan March 29, 2013 at 5:04 PM

pretty scary but glad to hear detectives were running and checking the names.

Tink March 29, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Why were the Sherrif “checking names” of employees? I worked for a side show a couple times when I was young and I am not aware of any special exceptions that allow for law enforcement to arbitrarily decide to “run checks” on employees of these shows. Are they allowed to do this in any other busenesses around CCCounty?

Original G March 29, 2013 at 5:30 PM

To Sheriff’s detectives, Thank You ! ! !

Dee March 29, 2013 at 5:36 PM

There are some sick people out there. We need to protect our children. We also need to remember that this man was found guilty before so it’s a pattern.

Darwin March 29, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Good job CCCSO!!

anon March 29, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Please think before you type…Good Job CCCSO, I am glad you were proactive in protecting the children in our community. Thank God the officer’s ran checks on the empoyees.

MtzMom March 29, 2013 at 6:01 PM


MtzMom March 29, 2013 at 6:03 PM

@Tin Foiler…how do you connect the Antioch story with this man, they didn’t include any identifying information in the article.

Mommykinz March 29, 2013 at 6:06 PM

The SO was looking at names? WHY isn’t the carnival charged with that responsibility. I’m sorry, but the City of Martinez (sponsor of this event?) should be ashamed that they didn’t REQUIRE this of a carnival company. I’m glad the SO double checked but any carnival company coming into town should do this as a routine, or should not be allowed in any city. Irresponsible on many levels.

anon March 29, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Tin Foiler
who knows, maybe this is the guy that hangs out in the bathroom stalls waiting for little boys, the crepe that follows little girls or the guy that forgot that his sleeping nephew was his wife……We will no know of his past crime, but if he is a PC 290 registrant, he was convicted of a serious sexual offense…Thanks CCCSO

Atticus Thraxx March 29, 2013 at 6:12 PM

I like a good arrest as much as the next person but it’s pretty damn scary that Johnny Law can just walk into a place and get a roster of names without a warrant. What the hell are we giving up ? Cause Bubba I don’t feel no safer if that’s the price we pay.

MtzMom March 29, 2013 at 6:13 PM

That’s not City of Martinez property, it’s CCCSO jurisdiction, which is why there were Deputies and Detectives checking them out.

MtzMom March 29, 2013 at 6:15 PM

…But you’re right, the Martinez Chamber of Commerce appears to be the entity bringing us this lovely event.

@ Atticus March 29, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Instead of finding a conspiracy theory in everything, maybe providing a roster of workers was a condition of their lease temporary agreement.

MtzMom March 29, 2013 at 6:30 PM

I *LOVE* that disgusting creeps are susceptible to being located when they’re trying to obtain access to kids. This guy knows the terms of his registration, knows he was in violation, therefore should know he is subject to arrest. And it’s a good thing it happened before he could victimize anyone this weekend. I would love to know the laws governing these traveling events, it could be that the organizers are required to provide the LE agency with a list of their employees. When you sell at the Solano flea market, your info goes to CPD, it just makes sense to monitor those areas where you are likely to find scumbags or stolen property, respectively.

CatWoman March 29, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Way to go CCCSO!

Joan VanSnark March 29, 2013 at 6:42 PM

Anon, both the type of person you are describing and the person tin foiler described are both on the same kind of list. That’s not right.

Unless you let your kids wander off alone with the carnies, you really don’t have anything to worry about. Maybe this is the only place that would hire him.

Original G March 29, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Stop And Think Folks, Law says if you commit certain crimes you are then Required to disclose and register FOR LIFE.
Until that changes it IS the Law, break the law you deserve to get arrested
Carnivals attract what, KIDS. All the running around and chaos that happens at a carnival . . . what’s worst case?
What is the Safety of our Children and Grand Children worth.
Last thing I want to hear about is a search for a missing Child.

TinFoiler March 29, 2013 at 6:46 PM

I have no mercy for an adult that molests or violates a minor, and H3LL No am I here defending them.
Just stating the irony of the Law as the CCTimes link describes.
PS – Guys, be careful what tree you decide to whip it out and urinate on – If a child happens to witness this (not seeing your junk) You could be charged as a sex offender.

Law Dog March 29, 2013 at 6:47 PM

I’ll say it again… carnies are creepy.

@attic ass March 29, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Nothing works for you,They got
him, no one else was bothered.
A lot of BS from you and, well ,
a lot of BS from YOU!

anon March 29, 2013 at 7:01 PM

TY CCCSD for your great work to keep our community and children safe.

Mr Pink March 29, 2013 at 7:05 PM

It’s so sad it’s hilarious.

LongTimeReader March 29, 2013 at 7:21 PM

The police only check where there are children or potential for a lot of children to be. Registrants are required to stay away from places that have children groupings of that nature. (Parks, schools, and that type of place) The checking of employees in this type of business is common since the Megan’s law was passed. Anyplace where there will be kids.

Casey March 29, 2013 at 7:34 PM

@ tink …. YES they are.. I worked for a Show (butler amusements) for 4 years. Alameda County Fair goes as far as to even REQUIRE drug testing for ALL employee’s. Felony’s are fine to work. But NOT sex offenders.

Julio-Antioch March 29, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Thraxx. I doubt the Sheriffs office was doing something they can’t. Maybe they can because of the transient nature of the business. For what ever reason God Bless them!!

Safe Or Sorry March 29, 2013 at 7:43 PM

“can just walk into a place and get a roster of names without a warrant.”
If list is voluntary given over no warrant needed. What would be cost of a lawsuit to carnival owner if a criminal act takes place and it becomes known owner refused SO request. Or maybe owner requested the checks.

What is worse is number of RSOs that cut off GPS ankle monitors. Used they’d go back to prison, after re-alignment AB109 passed worst that will happen to them is 180 days in jail. See URLs how well AB109 is working out, then ask your Assemblywoman and State Senator who both voted for AB109 what they are going to do.

JMulby March 29, 2013 at 8:21 PM

Some facts rather than guessing and acussing are in order.

The amusment company in an effort to protect its guest gave their employee names to the Sherriff to investigate. A new employee of the company was discovered to be a sex offender and was arrested.

In this case both the amusment company and the Sherrifs Office behaved admirable. They should both be thanked for being resposnible and keeping us safe.

Mimi (original) March 29, 2013 at 8:33 PM

Way to go, CoCo Sheriff!

Atticus Thraxx March 29, 2013 at 8:33 PM

Attack me all you want but a lot and I mean alot of men and women sacrificed in ways most of you overly medicated harpys will ever understand to protect the very civil liberties you’ll give away because it hasn’t cost you anything. I have no idea who y’all are but I despise you and your ilk. A pox on all your houses.
-Thraxx out

Devoted Wife March 29, 2013 at 8:33 PM


Pleasant Jenny March 29, 2013 at 8:35 PM

I can see the carnival from where I work and never heard any police activity. Must have been undercover? Sometimes the news leaves me wanting for more.

Don't Censor Me Bro March 29, 2013 at 8:35 PM

Posters complaining of law enforcement using the law in order to enforce the law in a proactive manner…really?

ermaline March 29, 2013 at 8:51 PM

ironic i drove past that today and thought about the interesting people that work at carnivals.

ermaline March 29, 2013 at 9:02 PM

mama used ta say, ‘don’t do anything bad and you wont have to be always looking over your shoulder’

Dennis March 29, 2013 at 9:55 PM

travelling carnivals have always been a magnet that attracts criminals as employees, especially if they cross state lines. Commit a crime in Nevada, join the carnival/circus and hop to California. Previously, checks in California were unable to turn up criminal pasts in other states.

Carnivals also attract pickpockets, purse snatchers, and car break-ins.

PS I had to laugh at the sex offender being 18 with a 17 year old girl friend BS. Every criminal convicted of a crime is innocent, right? Just ask them.

I personally witnessed a scene last year:

I arrived at the home of a friend, just as a man and woman entered. They were married, and the relatives of one of my friend’s friends. They needed to use the phone (so they said). My friend was initially reluctant; she had been told the guy was a registered sex offender. The guy then said that he was convicted at 18 for having sex with his 17 year old GF, and getting caught by her dad. So she let them in, because she could see me getting out of my car at the curb.

Before I could get to her door, however, I was passed by two big guys wearing jeans and Hawaiian shirts, with VERY obvious bulges on their belts. They were armed, with high caliber pistols. They identified themselves to my friend, entered, and brought out the guy and his wife.

They were Parole Officers, who had been watching this guy do the same thing in several homes. The homes all had small children (as did my friend).

The POs explained that he was in prison not because he had consentual sex with a 17 year old way back when he was 18. He was convicted of having nonconsensual sex with an 11 year old, when he was 32 years old.

but hey, those convicted sex offenders will tell you they are on the list just for peeing on a tree.

J. March 29, 2013 at 10:17 PM

@Pleasant Jenny
Yes, those CoCoSO Detectives look Undercover on the left side and right side of him in the photo above.

The perp’s got his pants on the ground, pants on the ground.

Fly boy March 29, 2013 at 10:47 PM

Good job on the arrest. However, the gentleman on the right has never testified in court before, so it could be interesting..

@fly boy March 29, 2013 at 11:37 PM

What does thst have to do with anything? What are you really trying to say? You have something against deputy x?

Lmfao March 30, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Great job boys! Thank you CCCSO.

Brutalball March 30, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Hell yeah, CoCo County SO! Bring ’em in!

A lot of assumptions here March 30, 2013 at 4:32 PM

as usual. The article didn’t say anywhere that he’s a child molester, yet every other post is about how many children were saved. Seriously, what do people think this guy was gonna do? Shut down the Tilt-A-Whirl so he can drag some poor kid into the bathroom and fondle him? Maybe parents should keep an eye on their kids so that can’t happen. You know, take some responsibility for your own spawn?

Does anybody have any idea how hard it must be to get a job when you’re a convicted felon of any kind, let alone a registered sex offender? Then, when the guy actually does get a job, he gets arrested for it. No wonder there’s so much recidivism among convicted criminals. We’re setting them up for failure.

@43 March 30, 2013 at 5:32 PM

From the story “Under California Penal Code section 290.95, registered sex offenders must notify their employers of their status, and he had not.”

Guy violated state law, Goodbye, He Goes to Jail.

GRACE March 31, 2013 at 11:38 PM


The Mamba April 1, 2013 at 9:24 AM

I tried to tell you!

@GRACE April 1, 2013 at 10:26 AM


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