San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME: March 16, 2016

INCIDENT: PC 290 – Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

LOCATION:200 block of E. 2nd Street; City of San Bernardino

SUSPECT: Keith Dewayne Lavinge, 32, resident of San Bernardino

Summary

Detectives at the Sheriff’s Crimes Against Children Detail were contacted by social workers of the Children and Family Services, who are mandated reporters. During the course of the Social Worker’s investigation involving the five children; they determined that the children’s biological mother & biological father were incarcerated, and all 5 children were living with the mother’s boyfriend, Keith Lavinge.

Keith Lavinge is a convicted Sex Offender required to register his home address pursuant to California Penal Code 290. Lavinge has previously been convicted twice for sexual assault of a child under the age of 14.

As a result of this notification, Detectives began an investigation into Lavinge’s Sex Offender registration status. Investigation revealed that Lavinge has been registering as being a “transient” in the City of San Bernardino, and has not been honest with law enforcement about his residency at the above location.

On, Wednesday, March 16, 2016, members from the Sheriff’s Specialized Enforcement Division assisted detectives in serving a search warrant at Lavinge’s residence in the 200 block of E. 2nd Street. Lavinge was contacted at that location, along with the five children. Evidence was located at the residence to prove that Lavinge had been living at the location with the children for over a year. Lavinge was arrested for failing to register as a Sex Offender. He was transported and booked into the West Valley Detention Center, where he is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

All five children were placed into protective custody, and released to social workers from the San Bernardino County Children and Family Services. Further investigation is being conducted into the welfare of the children during the time they were living with Lavinge.

Anyone with information about this case, is urged to contact the Specialized Investigations – Crimes Against Children Detail. If you choose to remain anonymous, call WeTip at 1-800-78-CRIME or www.wetip.com

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Refer: Detective Donald Patton or Sergeant Dana Foster

Station: Specialized Investigations – Crimes Against Children Detail

Phone No: (909) 387-3615

Case #:601600041

John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division

655 E. Third Street

San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

Telephone: (909) 387-3700