Failure to register as sex offender puts ice cream vendor in hot water
ROSEVILLE — Authorities arrested a local ice cream vendor who neglected to register as a sex offender Wednesday, after investigators were tipped off the 62-year-old man was operating his truck near a middle school.
John Carl Alderson faces a misdemeanor charge for which he will have to appear in court, and was released from Roseville City Jail the same day of his arrest.
Alderson was operating the truck near Olympus Junior High in Roseville when someone who had found Alderson’s status on a website tipped investigators off. Alderson was originally required to register as a sex offender because of his conviction for a misdemeanor offense of annoying or molesting children. Although his sex registrant status was known to law enforcement, he was not required to be listed on the state’s Megan’s Law website. Sex offenders can petition the court to be excluded from Megan’s Law under certain circumstances, such as a misdemeanor conviction.
State law prohibits registered sex offenders from working or volunteering in a job that involves significant contact with minor children under the age of 16 in an unaccompanied setting.
Investigators learned that Alderson has been operating the ice cream truck for approximately three weeks.
Investigators have not received any information that Alderson had touched or spoken inappropriately to any children, or violated any other law. Anyone who has any other information on this matter is urged to call the Roseville Police Investigations Unit at (916) 774-5070.