Crime September 19, A Gardnerville Ranchos man was taken into custody on Saturday night at his home on a charge of failing to register as a sex offender and possession of a controlled substance.
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William Allan Pinkelman, 51, was booked at p. Pinkelman failed to check in as required and had moved to a different address in the Gardnerville Ranchos. Deputies kept checking the address and eventually found him parked in the driveway.
They discovered a bag of suspected methamphetamine in his pocket. According to the Nevada Sex Offender Registry, Pinkelman is a tier 2 sex offender who is out of compliance.
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He was convicted of unlawful sex with a minor in San Jose in He was also convicted of a felony in Pinkelman has also served time in Nevada for possession of a firearm by an ex-felon. He was sentenced to months in prison after he let two men leave a stolen AK at his home so he could try to sell it to a neighbor.
Ronnie J. Gionta, 27, and Danielle N.
Henson was booked on possession of a controlled substance and failure to appear charges, in addition to obstructing an officer and jaywalking. Gionta faces possession, failure to appear and obstructing charges, according to Douglas County Jail records.
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The Gardnerville Ranchos man was on probation for attempting to intimidate a public officer. He was arrested May 11 for battering his girlfriend. He struggled with a deputy before he was taken into custody. In what is considered to the first case of its kind in California, Westberg, 35, of Cupertino was charged Thursday with one misdemeanor count of illegally accessing the database as a registered sex offender.
Authorities said Westberg used the newly released on-line database of registered sex offenders to find potential dates, sending explicit letters to a handful of offenders in hopes of wooing them for sex. The letter, one of about five Westberg allegedly sent out to local sex offenders, explained that Westberg had found the man on the Megan's Law database and was interested in a date. Ahern said Westberg had provided an explicit physical description of himself and directed the man to look him up on the database.
He wrote that if the man was not interested in sex, they could still pursue friendship, said Ahern. Ahern, posing as the man who received the letter, contacted Westberg and had him meet him at Redwood City Starbucks cafe on Jan.
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There, investigators confronted Westberg, who admitted he had used the database and had sent similar letters to four other Bay Area registered offenders. The Megan's Law database, released to the public on Dec. Registered offenders are not allowed to access the site, in part to prevent them from conspiring with other convicts.
Westberg earned his way on to the list following two convictions for child molestation in San Mateo County in and , Ahern said. Prior to the release of the list, some law enforcement officials worried that someone might use the list to take the law into their own hands, said Ahern.