Deputies arrest man who helped at children’s Halloween event |

Deputies arrest man who helped at children’s Halloween event

A 32-year-old man violated his parole when he volunteered to be part of a haunted house held for charity in Meyers.

Lawrence Gene Simmons, a resident of South Lake Tahoe, was arrested Tuesday at 11 a.m. while working at Roadrunner Gas & Liquor in Meyers. His parole ordered him not to be around children.

Organizers of “Terror in Paradise,” an event held for the last six years at Tahoe Paradise Park from Oct. 27 to Oct. 31, notified deputies about Simmons’ alleged inappropriate behavior after two girls who toured the haunted house said they were bothered by him.

An event organizer said this year, as well as others, they have gotten volunteers as a result of newspaper coverage.

“We’ll have to decide if we want to use any more volunteers like that,” he said. “It kinda opened our eyes, but we’ve gotten some really good (volunteers) through the Tribune.

“There were warning bells that went off with everybody there because we noticed he was talking to the kids. But you don’t just go up and accuse somebody. But we saw too often he was talking to kids and that’s when we took care of it.”

This year Terror in Paradise raised almost $3,000 for Christmas Cheer, a grassroots charity that feeds needy families throughout the year.

Simmons is being held without bail at El Dorado County Jail for the violation. El Dorado County Sheriff’s Detective Steve Fleischmann said he is still investigating the incident and charges have not yet been filed. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call (530) 573-3015.

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