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***An address correction was submitted for the community meeting – the correct address is now reflected in the article below – 39536 Daily Road.
De Luz residents were outraged to discover that a convicted rapist has been released from prison and has moved into the community, unbeknownst to both residents and the local Sheriff’s Department.
As a result, a meeting has been organized for Saturday, June 14 at 10 a.m. at the De Luz Volunteer Fire Department Station, located at 39536 Daily Road, with law enforcement officials to discuss what the community can do regarding the situation.
Barrett Littleton served approximately 24 years of his 48-year sentence for raping a 25-year-old Pacific Beach woman twice and forcing her to engage in oral copulation in 1988. Littleton also had a 15-year term for three prior sex-related convictions in the 1970s added to his sentence.
Littleton has purchased a home in the 39000 block of Daily Road and is now living there post-prison release.
However, there was no notification to area residents of his placement.
T.J. Lynas, a spokesperson for the residents, voiced the neighborhood’s outrage regarding the discovery of having a convicted rapist living in his neighborhood.
“We want to put pressure on the State and the California Department of Corrections,” said Lynas, who lives only four properties from Littleton’s residence. “Little kids play 200 feet from his property, and he could easily reach for them. A single woman shares an easement with his property. We all sleep with our windows shut. It takes the Sheriff’s deputies 15 to 20 minutes to get out here, and in that time, someone could be raped and killed.”
Lynas stated that he believed Littleton was released because of the overcrowding in California prisons.
“[Littleton] is still a serious threat to the community,” he argued. “If something were to happen, there would be litigation lawyers lining up to take the case.”
According to Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Patrick Yates, the local substation was also unaware of Littleton’s placement in the community.
“We are empathetic with the community, and are just as concerned as they are,” said Yates. “We were blindsided, and are trying to find out why we were not informed about his placement.”
Yates also stated that the department is currently in discussions with the parole office to see how the miscommunication occurred.
“Unfortunately, if he was paroled by the state, he has to live somewhere,” said Yates.
Littleton’s parole officer was not able to make a statement at time of contact.