Sex Offender Operation Nets Three Arrests

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Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Bureau have concluded a month-long sex offender operation that included over 100 compliance checks and a sting that netted 3 arrests.

Detectives visited the residences of registered sex offenders in Santa Barbara County to ensure they were in compliance with their registration requirements. Detectives also conducted a sting operation using social media and arrested three suspects who had responded to the area of Turnpike and Hollister where they had planned to engage in sexual activity with a minor (felony). 24-yar-old Pottanapong Phakdeeviset of Camarillo was arrested on Friday, October 16, 2020, booked at the Main Jail and has been released on $75,000 bail. 37-year-old Scott Garey of Santa Barbara was arrested on Friday, October 16, 2020, booked at the Main Jail and has been released on $75,000 bail. 36-year-old Jak Touma of Ventura was arrested on Saturday, October 17, 2020 and is being held on $75,000 bail at the Main Jail.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind caregivers to monitor children’s social media accounts. With more children being at home during the pandemic, they are more vulnerable to being contacted via social media platforms by adult predators and traffickers. Caregivers should monitor children’s social media profiles, including comments and direct messages, to ensure they are not being victimized.  Caregivers should contact law enforcement if they locate evidence of explicit communication on their child’s electronic device. For more information about protecting kids online, please visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website.

The success of the operation was due to the hard work and dedication of the detectives within the Criminal Investigations Bureau along with funding from the Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) Team Program and equipment provided by our partners at the Los Angeles Internet Crimes Against Children (LA ICAC).

(left to right) Scott Garey, Jak Touma, and Pottanapong Phakdeeviset

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forrealnews Oct 20, 2020 08:59 PM
Sex Offender Operation Nets Three Arrests

study after study has shown that sex offenders are rarely ever cured. There needs to be another option to keep kids and others safe from these people. Disgusting!

a-1603313139 Oct 21, 2020 01:45 PM
Sex Offender Operation Nets Three Arrests

Fornotreal: Here is a study that disagrees with your undocumented "fact":

"But most convicted child molesters are not in fact serial offenders. They have a low recidivism rate. When treated in prevention programs, they have a recidivism rate of 14 percent, .... Overall, treatment programs reduce the recidivism rate by up to 50 percent, according to a summary evaluation that compared over 20 studies."

Hambone Oct 21, 2020 05:12 AM
Sex Offender Operation Nets Three Arrests

As a society, our primary responsibility should be to keep our kids safe. I don't understand the logic of allowing these convicted sex offenders bail.

a-1603296095 Oct 21, 2020 09:01 AM
Sex Offender Operation Nets Three Arrests

Gee, QAnon was right. Here is a list of pedophiliacs and they are all celebrities or politicians or very wealthy people.

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