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SBCo Probation Dept. Pre-Halloween sex offender operation results in arrest

Samuel Downs was arrested for failure to register as a sex offender and failure to report to the Probation Department.

On Oct. 18 the San Benito County Probation Department planned, coordinated and led a pre-Halloween sex offender compliance operation in San Benito County resulting in the arrest of Samuel Downs for failure to register as a sex offender and failure to report to the Probation Department.  

Local, regional, state and federal law enforcement agencies including the San Benito County Sheriff’s Office, the Hollister Police Department, California Department of Corrections Adult Parole Operations, the United States Marshals Service and the Santa Clara County SAFE Task Force, participated in the operation.

According to a news release by the San Benito County Probation Department, "there were also nine additional sex offenders identified as possibly being out of compliance and investigations on these individuals are in progress. Investigations are also in progress for three offenders whose addresses could not be verified during the operation." 

The release also stated that 101 sex offenders were confirmed to be properly registered and in compliance with the terms of their probation. 

“We have excellent regional collaboration to keep our community safe.” said R. Ted Baraan, Chief Probation Officer. “With all of these agencies working together, we conducted checks of sex offenders on probation, on parole, or having a registration requirement.”  

For more information about sex offenders living in the community visit: 

Anyone with information about sex offenders that may be in violation of their conditions of supervision is asked to call 831-636- 4100. 

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Submitted by (Roger Pimentel) on

Straight release opportunity...these registrants aren't any more dangerous during Halloween than they're in the middle of summer...

I disagree. This is a Benito Link staff report, not a press release written by law enforcement. Local law enforcement does a pretty good job communicating through press releases and Nixle text and email alerts. 

Chief Ted Baraan does a good job with the Probation Department and those of us who follow local crime watch reports value periodic updates on events by law enforcement planned and coordinated to keep our community safe. 


Submitted by (dj) on

This is what happens when law enforcement refuse to permit sex offenders to register.

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