Registered sex offender arrested on suspicion of obscene calls
Paul J. Cricks, 48, was arrested at a West Covina motel Wednesday, Covina police said.
Police said they were summoned to the business, which they did not identify, after the owner received several graphic and sexual telephone calls. The caller’s phone number was blocked at the time.
Covina police said they put a trace on the business' phone, allowing them to capture the telephone number the next time a call came in.
Detectives said they tracked the number to Cricks, whom a state website lists as a sex offender registered with Glendora Police Department.
Family members at his registered residence said he wasn’t living there, as required by law, police said.
Cricks had been living in various motels in Los Angeles and Orange counties, police said.
The state’s Megan’s Law website lists Cricks’ offenses as indecent exposure and annoying a minor under 18.
He is in custody at Los Angeles County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail, according to jail records.
-- Sam Quinones