ANDERSON, Calif. – Operation BOO resulted in several Halloween arrests of sex offenders who are currently living in Shasta County. Also, according to law enforcement officials, several firearms were located during the operation.
The Anderson Police Department’s Problem-Oriented Policing Unit collaborated with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, Shasta County District Attorney’s Office Investigators, and The Shasta County Probation Department to conduct Operation BOO.
Teams of law enforcement officers were out conducting compliance checks on registered sex offenders who were also currently on probation and parole throughout the county.
On Saturday, October 31, 2020, officers conducted a county-wide sex offender compliance sweep that resulted in 21 compliance checks and four arrests. The following is a summary of those arrests:
- Ralph Messina, Age 79 of Anderson – (Picture 1) – A registered sex offender of Anderson, was arrested for failing to annually register in accordance with his sex registrant terms.
- William Blackwood, Age 45 of Anderson, (Picture 2) – Blackwood is not a registered sex offender, but was discovered to have a felony warrant during a compliance check of a registered sex offender’s residence.
- Christopher Harvin, Age 43 of Anderson – (Picture 3) – A registered sex offender of Anderson who was arrested after denying to comply with a compliance search and failing to follow officers’ commands. According to the Anderson Police Department, Harvin then became physically resistive and was consequentially arrested for obstructing/resisting a police officer and violating the terms of his probation.
- Guy Shoop, Age 50 of Shasta Lake City – (Picture 4) – A registered sex offender of Shasta Lake City who was arrested after a search of his residence yielded three firearms and ammunition. Shoop was arrested for felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition, and violating the terms of his probation.
The information about these arrests was provided to Action News Now by the Anderson Police Department.
Operation BOO was implemented in 1994 and continues to provide county law enforcement with a method to enforce the terms and conditions outlined in registered sex offenders probation and parole terms.
Operation BOO hopes to alleviate the worry parents have when taking their children around our community for festivities. The Anderson Police Department and its partnering agencies will continue these operations to enhance the quality of life of Shasta County residents.