LA QUINTA – A 47-year-old Desert Hot Springs man was arrested on Monday, Jan. 6 for failing to register as a sex offender.

The La Quinta Special Enforcement Team conducted a pedestrian check at the corner of Costco Drive and Highway 111 in the city of La Quinta. There, they contacted Julio Hoyas.


Julio Hoyas

During a record check, the team discovered Hoyas had not properly registered as a sex offender and was placed under arrest at 5:15 p.m. During a search to make the arrest, officer, discovered bottles of alcohol.

During a follow-up investigation, the team discovered Hoyas had stolen the bottles of alcohol from a nearby business. Hoyas was booked at the Riverside County Jail in Indio.

The La Quinta Special Enforcement Team conducts sexual offender compliance checks on a regular basis. Anyone with questions about the sexual offender registration process are encouraged to call Investigator Tijerina at the Thermal Station (760)

Members of the Riverside County Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Team (SAFE) conducted a sexual offender holiday enforcement sweep on Saturday, Jan. 4 about 7 a.m. a.m. at several locations throughout Riverside County.

During the sweep, law enforcement attempted to contact registered sex offenders within Riverside County to ensure each offender is in compliance with state requirements pursuant to California Penal Code section 290.

It is the second compliance sweep in about two months. Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies contacted 80 sex offenders on Oct. 30 to verify compliance with all registration requirements as well as all terms and conditions of parole or probation.

During the compliance sweep, 91 attempts were made to contact these sexual offender registrants. 73 were found to be in compliance, 16 registrants were suspected of being out of compliance and 2 were discovered to have recently passed away. Task Force Officers are completing follow-up investigations into those found to be out of compliance and anticipate additional arrest warrants to be submitted to the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form. You may access it by clicking here.



Image Sources

  • julio-hoyas: RSO
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