Operation Candyman: A dozen registered sex offenders arrested in Stanislaus County ahead of Halloween

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STANISLAUS COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) — A dozen registered sex offenders were arrested in Stanislaus County during a one-day operation ahead of Halloween.

The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday, investigators, officers and personnel from multiple agencies checked up on 33 previously convicted sex offenders for Operation Candyman.

“The aim of the operation was to ensure the safety of all concerned just in time for the upcoming October 31st Halloween festivities where children will be going door-to-door trick or treating,” the sheriff’s office wrote. “We focused on education, compliance, public safety, enforcement where appropriate, and community engagement by making our presence visible for all to see.”

By the end of the sweep, one-third of the registered sex offenders were arrested, with the majority facing charges for violating their parole. They include:

  • Paul Freeman, 46, of Riverbank, who was arrested on suspicion of violating parole and being a prohibited person possessing firearms and ammunition.
  • Larry McDonald, 57, of Modesto, who was arrested on suspicion of failing to annually register.
  • Angelo Kanef, 34, of Turlock, whp was arrested on suspicion of violating parole and committing a petty theft.
  • Phillip Flanagan, 53, of Keyes, who was arrested on suspicion of being a public nuisance.
  • Johnny Padilla, 33, of Modesto, who was arrested on suspicion of robbery as an un-related assist to patrol operations.
  • Kenneth Dale Jr. was arrested on a traffic-related warrant.
  • Alfred Carreira, 64, of Ceres, who was arrested on suspicion of violating parole.
  • Robert DeToro, 58, of Hughson, who was arrested on suspicion of being a prohibited person possessing a firearm and other weapons.
  • Theodore Tanner, 48, of Patterson, who was arrested on suspicion of violating parole.
  • Charles Odell, 43, of Modesto, who was arrested on suspicion of violating parole.
  • Richard McCollom, 56, of Modesto, who was arrested on suspicion of violating parole and possessing a stun gun.
  • Phillip Owens, 49, of Modesto, who was arrested on suspicion of violating parole.

According to the sheriff’s office, four firearms, a Taser and a sword were also confiscated. One of the people arrested had a variety of weapons, including a leaded cane and a slingshot.

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