Santa Barbara County – California law dictates that when one is convicted of a sex crime, that individual’s name is entered into a local, state, and federal database. The purpose of the registration is to maintain public safety and to monitor the compliance of sex offenders with the terms of their probation or parole.
One of the requirements imposed upon such offenders is the mandate to register with their local police department within five days of their release from custody.
According to Santa Maria Police Department’s Sgt. Jesus Valle, on February 19th “approximately 40 law enforcement officers” conducted compliance verification visits and searches of the residences of 21 individuals throughout the communities of Santa Maria, Orcutt, Guadalupe, and Los Alamos.
The wide-ranging compliance sweep called upon the resources of deputies attached to the Santa Maria Police Department, the California State Department of Parole, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office and Probation Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
During those unannounced visits by uniformed deputies, seven individuals were arrested “for either parole or probation violations” as well as for current charges that include possession of child pornography. Taken into custody were six Santa Maria residents Robert McGuire, 44, Oscar Macias, 47, Jaime Sherburne, 48, Michael Machado, 59, Andrew Cisneros, 28, and William Garcia, 53. The seventh arrestee remains unidentified “due to limitations on information” in the state’s database.