Tuesday, 31 January 2023

Investigation leads to sex offender arrest

LAKE COUNTY – Authorities are reporting that a month-long investigation has led to the arrest of a local man for failing to register as a sex offender.


Det. Mike Curran of the Lake County Sheriff's Office reported on the investigation Tuesday, which resulted in the arrest of Albert Wilbur Charboneau, 63, a former Clearlake resident, on sex registration violations.


Curran also is an agent of the Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) Task Force, a multi-county effort that is focused on reducing the number of sex offenders who fail to comply with legal registration requirements.


SAFE's investigation began July 23 during a south county operation that included the city of Clearlake, Curran reported.


Charboneau, who reportedly worked as a carpenter, was found to have moved several months ago from the address listed on registration documents. Curran then began a search investigation to determine Charboneau's whereabouts.


Curran gathered information that indicated that Charboneau had possibly relocated to an unknown location in Lucerne, according to Curran's report.


During a subsequent interview with Curran, Charboneau took responsibility for his failure to notify law enforcement of his relocation and then to re-register.


"He knows he made a mistake and that there are potential consequences as a result,” Curran said.


Charboneau was arrested and booked into the Hill Road Correctional Facility on Aug. 16 after his arrest on active traffic warrants and alleged sex registrant violations, Curran reported. Charboneau had gone to the Hill Road Correctional Facility to register, knowing that he could be arrested.


Jail records indicate that Charboneau remains in custody with bail set at $38,500.


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