Sex offenders sent packing

Apparently the state has suspended payments to a home for registered sex offenders in Hacienda Heights. As a result several Megan’s Law registrants will be transient for at least tonight, officials said.

The home in the 14300 block of Ansford Street in Hacienda Heights is near a group home at 14523 Ansford Street officials said. Several of the registrants were recently placed in the home.

All are fitted with GPS tracking devices, officials said.

Here’s our story so far:

HACIENDA HEIGHTS – A half-dozen convicted sex offenders may be sleeping on the streets as they are faced with the threat of eviction due to a bounced government check, an attorney said.

Attorney Mike Balmer, who represents one of the registrants living in the home, said a government-issued check bounced, causing the sex registrants living in the home in the 14000 block of Ansford Street to be evicted.

“There’s nothing we can do about it,” said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Paul Puchalski, of the Industry station. “As long as they don’t commit a crime, we can’t much help it if they are getting evicted.”

California State Department of Corrections spokesman Gordon Hinkle said he could not immediately provide details of the situation, but said in general, “The state and corrections does not have a responsibility to provide housing for any parolee.”

“It’s something we do an a case by case basis,” Hinkle said, “in the best interest of rehabilitation and public safety.”

Balmer said the residents of the home were told to vacate by Friday evening.

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