PICO RIVERA – Community members and city officials vented their anger Wednesday in the aftermath of a report that showed state parole agents shuffling sex offenders into motels here. Parole agents, under orders by California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation administration, have been secretly shuffling high-risk sex offenders between local hotels to side-step residency laws, said Assemblyman Rudy Bermudez, D-Norwalk. The practice was revealed last week in a local television investigation. “Our community will not be a dumping ground for sex offenders,” said Mayor David Armenta. “They were doing this without our knowledge.” Because high-risk sex offenders can’t live within a half-mile of an elementary school, they have difficulty finding housing, said Bermudez. The state Department of Corrections addressed the problem by telling parole agents to move the offenders to a different city every four days so they would be classified as “transients,” said Bermudez. Transient sex offenders can live within a half-mile of a school because they have no permanent residence. At least 11 sex offenders were shuffled between hotels in Pico Rivera, Norwalk, South Gate and El Monte by their parole agents, under orders by Department of Corrections administration, said Bermudez. None of those who stayed in Pico Rivera were child molesters, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Pico Rivera station Lt. Mike Rothans. In Pico Rivera, sex offenders stayed at Lancer, Angels and Royal motels. In response to complaints from the city, Lancer Motel has agreed to no longer accept the state vouchers that pay for paroled sex offenders’ hotel stays, said Rothans. About 50 community members, angered by this news, attended Wednesday’s meeting. “I have three beautiful grandchildren being raised here,” said Richard Ochoa. “For them to bring predators into our community is outrageous.” Earlier in the day Wednesday, Bermudez and Armenta spoke at a press conference to announce a Feb. 22 hearing to hold those responsible accountable for secretly shuffling these sex offenders. “They need to be held accountable and they need to be fired,” Bermudez said. Pico Rivera Sheriff’s station officials said that tracking transient sex offenders is an ongoing problem. “By registering them as transient, they can be within steps of a school if they want,” said Det. Jeff Lammers. “There’s no way of knowing how many child molesters are in the city unless they’ve come in and registered themselves.” Armenta said he will begin addressing the problem of shuffling the sex offenders by sending letters to Gov. Schwarzenegger and Department of Corrections Secretary Roderick Hickman. “I will be sending letters to the Governor and Hickman saying: `This is criminal. We want answers. We want action,”‘ said Armenta. The Assembly’s Select Committee on Prison Construction and Operations, chaired by Bermudez, will determine accountability for the sex offender shuffling at a meeting to take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Norwalk Arts & Sports Complex, 13000 Clarkdale Ave. in Norwalk. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!