Five Sex Offenders Arrested in Halloween Sweep, Napa Sheriff's Office Says

In a sweep of more than 40 of Napa County's 287 registered sex offenders, county and city authorities arrested four men on Halloween and one the next day.

That knock at the door wasn't trick-or-treaters looking for candy at dozens of registered sex offenders' homes Wednesday: It was Napa County and city law enforcement checking to make sure the convicted offenders weren't violating specific rules that prevent them from being in contact with children on Halloween.

According to a media release from the Napa County Sheriff's Office, no sex offenders were caught trying to lure trick-or-treaters, but five were arrested for violating other terms of their probation:

On October 31, 2012, Napa County Sheriff’s Deputies, Napa Police Officers and Napa County Probation Officers conducted an in-person check on registered sex offenders, to ensure that they were in compliance with their registration requirements and the terms of their probation or parole. There are 287 registered sex offenders in Napa County.

Prior to this operation, letters were sent to approx. 80 registered sex offenders who are on probation or parole, reminding them that they are not permitted to participate in typical Halloween activities-such as trick or treating, handing out candy or having their porch lights on.

More than 40 of the registrants were contacted and found to be in compliance with the Halloween specific restrictions.

However, five were arrested for violating other terms of their probation (1203.2 PC) and booked into the Napa County Department of Corrections:

Gregory Evans, 41 years old of Napa – visiting parks

Lucas Bleuel, 26 years old of Napa – possession of pornography

Ezekiel Foster, 31 years old of American Canyon – possession of a knife and resisting arrest.

William Hauff, 51 years old of Napa – possession of children’s toys

Juan Mendoza, 21 years old of St. Helena – failure to update address (located and arrested the following day, November 1, 2012, at 2:30 pm)

Source: Napa County Sheriff's Office. Arrest information does not indicate convictions.

County authorities also announced Thursday that another convicted sex offender, 52-year-old Ignace Rothschild, is a fugitive for failing to register. A reward is offered for anonymous tips leading to his arrest: Please see Sex Offender Sought in Napa County.

Updated Nov. 2: Ezekiel Foster was pronounced dead at the Napa County Department of Corrections Thursday afternoon, according to the coroner's office: Please see

BarT November 02, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Sex offenders have the lowest recidivism rate of all criminals except murderers, according to dozens of university, federal and state studies. Not all sex offenders have victimized children, and over 1/3 of sex crimes perpetrated against children are committed by other children. 95% of kids are abused by family or friends who aren't on the registry. Dr. Jill Levenson’s 2009 study, “How Safe are Trick-or-Treaters: Child Sex Crime Rates on Halloween?” found that non-familial child sexual abuse accounted for less than .2% on Halloween. Why is law enforcement spreading such glaring myths, and why is the media latching on? Oh, ratings and overtime.
G. Way November 02, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Possession of children's toys by a 51 year old sex offender? Now that is creepy! Good job on nabbing these people for violating the terms of their probation!!
Louisa Hufstader November 02, 2012 at 09:35 PM
One of the arrested men appears to have taken his own life at the jail yesterday: http://napavalley.patch.com/articles/inmate-found-dies-at-napa-jail-apparent-suicide
Joe Sixpack November 03, 2012 at 05:21 PM
You can blame the fear mongering media, the prison complex that needs fodder, and the get tough on crime politicians who conspire to mislead the sheep like masses into having a misplaced and displaced sense of rage towards "sex offenders". It's easier for Joe and Jane Doe's to hate the faceless "sex offender" than it is for them to fear their kid's teacher, Troop Leader, Little League Coach, Minister or even worse, a family member or trusted long time family friend. Those are the people far more likely to assault their kids than some boogie man in the bush. As an aside, I mislike the term sex offender. Someone who has sex with a prostitute, someone caught urinating in an alley, a teen who is caught sexting, and someone who forcibly rapes women may all be considered to be sex offenders. You think a guy caught "exposing" himself while urinating ourtside a bar is as dangerous as a serial rapist? Why does he deserve the same label? BTW I also dislike granting police the ability to harrass offenders for life. If an "offender" needs to be monitored that closely, if a former convict poses an ongoing threat to society, if his crime(s) have been deemed that onerous, then keep him in prison until such time he is deemed to no longer pose a threat. If that time is never, then so be it.
Belle (Orchid Lady) November 03, 2012 at 07:43 PM
BarT and Joe Sixpack, you have both put up thoughtful and intelligent comments!!!! Thank you so much, it is quite refreshing.


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