WILMINGTON (AP) — Los Angeles police and FBI agents have arrested eight people in a raid at a Wilmington motel where convicted child molesters and registered sex offenders lived.

LAPD Det. Patricia Batts told the Los Angeles Times that officers found stuffed animals, teen magazines and children’s underwear at the Harbor Inn, items which can be used to lure young

Batts says the men were arrested Friday on parole violations including having child pornography and narcotics.

She says most were middle-aged men whose previous offenses included lewd and lascivious conduct with children or other sex crimes.

The raid was organized in response to reports that children were visiting the motel.

Batts says authorities had received reports of children coming in and out, although no evidence of that turned up during the raid.

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Comments (7)
  1. President Dj Jazzy Jefferson Airplane says:

    If I ruled the world, rapists and molesters would be surgically castrated after their first offense. They have an incurable disease. No amount of prison time or rehabilitation will cure it.

    1. Ron says:

      I second that.

      Are you happy that we taxpayers get the pleasure of working are butts off, to support these deviates, when they are out on parole?

      Could you use that money to spend sometime in a motel, on a vacation for yourself?

      1. Anthony Jones says:

        I agree with castration, but you don’t even sound like you work your butt off for anything. Plus, I don’t think tax money paid for their motel room, idiot.

        Castrate ’em.

      2. Ron says:

        Did you understand that, Anthony or do you NEED me to READ it to YOU?

        So see, YOU really are the IDIOT.

  2. Ron says:

    Anthony Jones, YOU are the IDIOT !!! READ THIS:

    Sex Offenders Found Living at SoCal Motels at Taxpayer Expense
    Assistant OC District Attorney says housing sexual predators in motels is potentially dangerous to other guests.

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    Sex Offenders Living in Motels at Taxpayer Expense

    Sex Offenders Living in Motels at Taxpayer Expense (KTLA.com)

    By Eric Spillman KTLA News

    10:45 a.m. PDT, May 18, 2010
    LOS ANGELES — Registered sex offenders are living at hotels and motels scattered across Southern California, and sometimes taxpayers are picking up the tab for their rooms.

    A check of the Megan’s Law database found child molesters, rapists, and other sexual predators at various motels, some belonging to national chains.

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    Example: the Budget Inn in Santa Fe Springs. It is recommended by Triple A.

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    It has a nice pool… It’s convenient to the 5 freeway.

    And last month, 11 sex offenders were living here… many of them child molesters. Nearby is the Dynasty Inn, with its pretty fountain.

    Four convicted child molesters and a rapist lived here, when we checked in April.

    Or… in Orange County, there’s the Best Western Anaheim Hills. It was home to 7 registered sex offenders last week, according to the Megan’s Law database.

    State parole officials say it’s perfectly legal, as long as the motels are at least 2000 feet from schools or parks.

    “Folks go to prison, and they have to come somewhere,” says Maria Franco, a parole administrator with the Department of Corrections.

    In some cases, taxpayers are covering the cost of the motel rooms. Franco says the state pays for up to two months of transitional housing for all parolees, even sexual predators.

    And the motels are apparently grateful for the money, although it’s not something they advertise.

    We spoke to a desk clerk at the Dynasty Inn. We asked him if he notifies other guests with children that sex offenders are staying there.

    He said his motel rarely has visitors with kids. Then he told our photographer to get out.

    Assistant Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer says housing sexual predators in motels is potentially dangerous to other guests. He says prosecutors have complained to the Department of Corrections Parole Division to get them to change the way they house registered sex offenders in the community.

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