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Questions over why registered sex offender was allowed to read to children at elementary school

February 4, 2011 |  6:37 am

John_davis Officials are trying to sort out how a registered sex offender was allowed to enter a Whittier elementary school and read to children.

The retired Army major has been arrested on suspicion of entering school grounds as a registered sex offender, authorities said Thursday.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies from the Norwalk substation arrested John W. Davis, 56, of Whittier after he was allowed to read to children at a "heroes day" event in honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 11.

Officials at Los Altos Elementary were apparently unaware of Davis' background, but it's unclear whether they attempted to look up his record.

Davis is a registered sex offender who was convicted in San Diego County in 2000 for a felony violation of attempted lewd acts with a child under the age of 14.

Deputies learned last week of Davis' visit to the school and began an investigation. Davis was arrested Wednesday, authorities said.


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Photo: John Davis booking photo. Credit: KTLA