Creep on The Loose in Southern California [MUGSHOT]

The sheriff's department says a convicted sex offender who targeted children has left San Diego county.

The department had been monitoring 59-year old Cary Jay Smith following his release from Coalinga State hospital.

He moved around Orange and Riverside counties before arriving in the north county Sunday. As of Monday, he is in Garden Grove.

Smith pleaded guilty in 1985 to a sex offense against a child, a crime that required him to register as a sex offender for life, but that requirement was lifted for unknown reasons.

The Orange county d-a says he's working to have his sex offender status reinstated.

See his mugshot below

Photo: Orange County Police Department

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