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Communications Department
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Palo Alto, CA 94301


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Police Arrest Out-of-Compliance Sex Offender
Contact : Zach Perron, Lieutenant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA -- Police arrested a registered sex offender during a pedestrian stop last week after determining he had failed to register his whereabouts with law enforcement for almost sixteen months.

On Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at about 1:03 p.m., an officer contacted the pedestrian suspect in the 900 block of El Camino Real after seeing him walk out of the parking lot of Palo Alto High School, where he had apparently been collecting recyclables.  The suspect was returning to a shopping cart full of bottles and cans that he had left on the sidewalk of El Camino Real.  The officer determined that the suspect was a registered sex offender who had not registered with law enforcement since June 2013.

The suspect is not associated with the string of indecent exposure incidents that have occurred in town over the past week.  He had no contact with any students in the parking lot, and police believe he was only there to collect recyclables.  The arrest took place off-campus, along El Camino Real.  Police do not believe the suspect has any connection to Palo Alto and was merely passing through town.

Police booked 59-year-old Jose Pena Sanchez, a man with no permanent residence, into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for two misdemeanors charges relating to his failure to register as required by law.  A booking photo of the suspect is attached to this release.

For information about California's registered sex offenders, visit the California Megan’s Law website at, which is operated by the state Department of Justice.  It is important to note that about 25% of the state’s registered sex offenders do not have their information disclosed publicly on that website due to their conviction offense, as prescribed by state law.  The suspect in this case happens to be in that group, and thus no additional information, including the conviction date or offense that led to him being required to register in the first place, is being released.  The Megan’s Law website has a wealth of facts about registered sex offenders and their various registration requirements.

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