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Imperial man arrested in sex offender sweep

January 24, 2002|By MARIO RENTERIA, Staff Writer

A sex offender compliance sweep in Imperial and El Centro on Tuesday night resulted in an arrest in Imperial, according to the Imperial County Probation Department.

With a combined effort by the county Probation Department, state Department of Justice, Imperial and El Centro police departments and the U.S. Border Patrol, Donald Lee, 24, of Imperial was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, which is a violation of his probation.

Lee is a registered sex offender.

The press release stated California law requires persons convicted of certain sex crimes to register with local authorities and provide information about their residences.

This operation was to confirm the information registered sex offenders provided to law enforcement and enforce both their conditions of probation and laws pertaining to sex offenders, said a spokesperson from the Probation Department. The spokesperson added the operations are done randomly.

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Two computers were seized during the sweep from separate probationers for inspection by the state Department of Justice forensic laboratory after authorities acquired evidence that computers were being used to download pornography.

Authorities declined to say what evidence had been gathered.

"Computers are being used to commit crimes such as possession of child pornography by obtaining images from the Internet. We have expanded our operations to include the search and seizure of suspected computers," said the spokesperson.

>> Staff Writer Mario RenterĂ­a can be reached at 337-3443.

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