WINTON -- State parole agents are searching for a 27-year-old high-risk sex offender who disappeared after he apparently cut off th ankle bracelet monitoring him, officials reported Thursday.
Authorities found parolee Angelo Peters' tracking bracelet near the Sheriff's Community Law Enforcement Office in Winton. The office is at 6600 Winton Way.
Peter Leu, supervisor of the state parole office in Merced, said the bracelet can alert agents when it's removed from the parolee's leg. Leu said the suspect is still believed to be in Merced County.
Peters was arrested by Merced police in 2008 after a girl accused him of sexual assault, according to court records.
After pleading no contest to a charge of having unlawful sex with a minor, Peters was sentenced to two years, eight months in prison, and was released in June 2010. As part of his sentence, Peters was ordered to register as a sex offender.
Removing an ankle bracelet would be a violation of Peters' parole, Leu said. He added that the penalty for removing the bracelet would be determined by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's Board of Parole Hearings.
Parole agents are asking anyone with information about Peters' whereabouts to call (209) 726-6513. Tips are kept confidential, and callers can remain anonymous.