Residents of Leisure World want more transparency and cooperation from the retirement community’s governing board as they seek information from police about the registered sex offenders who live there after police charged one resident with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old-boy in his apartment.
On Dec. 14, officers of the Frederick Police Department charged 63-year-old Ramon Manuel De Los Reyes of Chiswick Court, Silver Spring, with sexual solicitation of a minor, third-degree sex offense and second-degree rape.
According to police, De Los Reyes befriended the boy through social media and drove to his Frederick County home to pick him up after his grandmother, who he lives with, had gone to sleep. After bringing the boy to his home in Leisure World and allegedly assaulting him, he drove the boy back to his home. The grandmother contacted police the next day.
The Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act – a federal law which was part of the 1994 crime bill signed by then-President Bill Clinton – requires states to implement a registry of those who have been convicted of certain sex crimes and crimes against children. Frederick City Police Sgt. Andrew Alcorn explained that Maryland’s sex offender registration law requires sex offenders to register with law enforcement in the county they live in.
According to Montgomery County Police spokesperson Sgt. Rebecca Innocenti, it is also normal protocol for law enforcement in Montgomery County to post awareness flyers to notify neighbors when a registered sex offender moves into a new residence.