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Sex offender arrested after reading to students at elementary school

February 3, 2011 |  8:21 pm

A retired Army major who volunteered to read to schoolchildren at Los Altos Elementary 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. School officials were unaware of Davis’ background.

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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-- Nicole Santa Cruz

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