Sex offender arrested for being in Irvine park
Irvine police detectives made their first arrest of a sex offender for entering a public park since the city adopted a law in the summer of 2011 banning registered sex offenders from visiting parks or public recreation areas.
Jean Pierre Nguyen of Garden Grove was arrested by police at 4:30 p.m. Thursday when he arrived at Citrus Glen Park to play tennis, said Lt. Dave Klug with the Irvine Police Department.
Klug said that the Orange County probation department provided detectives with the information about Nguyen’s whereabouts, which led to the arrest.
Nguyen, 51, has been a registered sex offender since 1996 after being convicted of a misdemeanor for child annoyance in Cypress, according to a police statement. Nguyen is also on probation after being convicted of indecent exposure earlier this year.
Last July, the Irvine city council approved an ordinance banning sex offenders who have been convicted of crimes against children from city parks or recreational facilities including trails, city pools and the Great Park.
The Orange County District Attorney’s office has pushed city-by-city bans for more than a year. So far, more than one-third of the county's 34 cities have passed a version of the ordinance, which is considered one of the state's most aggressive sex offender laws.
County supervisors passed a law in April 2011 banning sex offenders from parks, beaches and harbors.
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Photo: Jean Pierre Nguyen. Credit: Irvine Police Department.