Violent sex offender captured in SLO after cutting off GPS bracelet

Avril Leroy King
Avril Leroy King Courtesy of SLO Police Department

A convicted violent sex offender was arrested Wednesday in San Luis Obispo after allegedly removing his ankle monitoring device in the morning and then being caught several hours later by parole agents.

At about 5:50 a.m., California State Parole agents notified San Luis Obispo police that Avril Leroy King, 40, cut off his GPS ankle bracelet within the hour and had gone missing. The bracelet was later found by agents in the Mission area in downtown San Luis Obispo.

California Department of Corrections spokesman Bill Sessa said he didn’t know exactly how King was located.

San Luis Obispo police said King was convicted in 2008 for a violent sexual assault in San Luis Obispo and served six years in Wasco State Prison before being released in November 2014. He violated parole by cutting off a monitoring device and was returned to prison to serve another six months. Released again on March 9, King was living at the Sunny Acres sober living facility on Los Osos Road.

San Luis Obispo County Jail logs showed that King was being held without bail Wednesday.