By Neal Putnam
Two years in state prison were handed down Jan. 17 to a sex offender who gave out Halloween treats to children in Ramona.
Probation was denied for Danny Emmett Shaw II, 29, who pleaded guilty Dec. 18 to failing to register as a sex offender with the sheriff’s department in Ramona.
The probation department and Deputy District Attorney Derek Grilz asked El Cajon Superior Court Judge John Thompson for the maximum sentence of six years in prison. Thompson gave Shaw credit for 2½ months in jail since his arrest on Halloween.
Shaw, of Yucca Valley, was visiting family members in Ramona on Halloween when he was seen giving candy to children at the annual Main Street Trick or Treat event sponsored by Ramona Chamber of Commerce.
Grilz said Shaw should have registered with sheriff’s deputies in Ramona even though he was only visiting. Grilz said Shaw comes to Ramona somewhat frequently so the law requires he register in Ramona.
Shaw was convicted of a sex charge involving a 13-year-old girl in Oregon in 2003 when he was 19 years old. In 2005, he was convicted in San Diego County of failing to register as a sex offender, said Grilz.
Shaw was dressed as a zombie at the event, and some parents told sheriff’s deputies he was acting suspicious to them by insisting he give treats to children.