Sex offender held on suspicion of harassing kids on Halloween

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RAMONA, Calif. — An unregistered sex offender from Oregon was in custody Friday after he was caught passing out candy to trick-or-treaters in Ramona, authorities said.

DHalloween arrestanny Shaw, 29, of Yucca Valley, was arrested on Main Street and booked into county jail Thursday evening on suspicion of failing to register as a sex offender in California and for being a convicted sex offender in violation of annoying a minor, according to San Diego County sheriff’s Sgt. Brent Strahm.

At the time, the Ramona Chamber of Commerce was hosting its annual Main Street Trick or Treat event, during which up to a 1,000 costumed children walk along Main Street collecting candy from merchants.

Shaw, who was wearing white face paint with red stripes resembling blood, was approached by deputies responding to reports that a suspicious man was approaching and annoying children at the event.

“Shaw had reportedly approached parents who were walking with their kids, and persistently insisted on giving the children candy, which was declined,” Strahm said. “As one group of parents turned to walk away, a nearby witness watched as Shaw slid candy into a candy bag carried by one of the children.”

The sergeant went on to say that Shaw, by his own admission, moved to California in February and has failed to register as required by law.

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