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Sheriff’s Office conducts sweep of registered sex offenders
• ‘Operation Candyman’ timed before Halloween trick-or-treating
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Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office detectives recently conducted a joint one-day operation dubbed Operation “Candyman” to check on the compliance of registered sex offenders to ensure the safety of children who were to be out going door-to-door trick or treating.

The compliance checks were conducted on Oct. 26 and involved contact with 33 previously convicted and registered sex offenders. The sweep resulted in 12 arrests, and the seizure of four firearms, a Taser, and a sword.

Sheriff’s investigators, deputies, community resource officers, and adult detention personnel teamed up with Turlock Police, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and County Probation.

Those who were arrested and their charges included: 

• Alfred Carreira, 64, of Ceres resident for parole violation;

• Richard McCollom, 56, of Modesto for parole violation and possessing a stun gun;

• Robert DeToro, 58, of Hughson for being a person prohibited from possessing a firearm, leaded cane, billy club, blackjack, slingshot, etc. and 10-day flash incarceration;

• Theodore Tanner, 47, of Patterson for parole violation;

• Phillip Owens, 49, of Modesto for parole violation;

• Charles Odell, 43, of Modesto for parole violation;

• Johnny Padilla, 33,  of Modesto for robbery as an un-related assist to patrol operations

• Kenneth Dale, Jr., 34, for a traffic-related warrant;

• Phillip Flanagan, 53, of Keyes resident for being a public nuisance;

• Angelo Kanef, 34, of Turlock for parole violation and petty theft;

• Larry McDonald, 57, of Modesto for failing to annually register as a sex offender;

• Paul Freeman, 46, of Riverbank for parole violation and prohibited person possessing firearms and ammunition.