Officers from the Chino Valley Police Department arrested Josiah J. Albus, 19, of Chino Valley on Forgery related charges following an investigation into his activities at the Town of Chino Valley Haunted Swamp activities over the Halloween weekend.
In November, Albus came into the CVPD to report he had been threatened by the brother of a 14-year-old girl. Albus, a registered Level III Sex Offender, stated he had been working for the Town of Chino Valley Parks and Recreation Department at the Haunted Swamp when he befriended the girl and exchanged phone numbers with her. He then began texting her back and forth. When the brother found out about the messages, he threatened Albus if he did not stop.
Officers recognized Albus from his prior arrest and immediately began checking into Albus’ story regarding his volunteer work with the Recreation department due to his status as a Registered Sex Offender.
Investigation showed that Albus had completed a volunteer enrollment form and turned this form into Town staff on October 29 and immediately began his volunteer work, where he worked on the 29th, 30th, and 31st.
A review of the application showed that Albus falsely completed the application by denying any charge/conviction of a felony. Albus was booked into the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde on the Forgery related charges.
The Town has procedures in place when utilizing volunteers with respect to background checks and authorizations. Regrettably, these protocols were not followed in this situation. Remedial training and discipline has been issued to ensure a similar situation will not be repeated. The Town endeavors to assure our citizens that events are handled in a responsible fashion using documented protocols and procedures.