Steven Neil Paff, Monitored Sex Offender, Gets 2 Years for Following Girl Around Store

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Steven Neil Paff, a 46-year-old drifter and previously convicted sex offender, has been sentenced to two years in state prison for creeping out a 13-year-old girl at a Foothill Ranch supermarket while he was still wearing his electronic monitoring device.

Paff pleaded guilty in October to a single felony count of annoying or molesting a child under 18 years of age with a prior conviction.

He already knew something about pleading his guilt, having done so in October 1998 and May 2009 to indecent exposure charges. That earned him the ankle monitor he wore while following the girl from aisle to aisle of the Ralphs the day after the Fourth of July while her mother waited in the car.

After the creeper tried to strike up conversation and mentioned his first name, the girl fled to a checker for help. One store employee confronted Paff while another escorted the girl to her mom's car.

When told what had transpired in the store, the mother had her daughter, who was still visibly upset, lock herself inside the car before mom went into the store to confront Paff. They exchanged words before he split. She ran after him and jotted down the make, model and license number of the car he sped off in.

The mother contacted the Orange County Sheriff's Department, which patrols Lake Forest, including the Foothill Ranch community. As deputies launched an investigation, she spent a week scouring photos posted on the state sex offender database thanks to Megan's Law. She eventually found Paff's photo and notified sheriff's investigators, who then arrested the creeper.

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Robert Curtis
Robert Curtis

Odd how the story changed from one article to the next.  It was first stated that the guy was recognized as a registered sex offender at a local 99 cent store by the mother then they (both mother and daughter) saw him at Ralph's a few minutes later.  While he was at Ralph's he approached them to ask where something was.  It was then they reported him! They reported him for stalking them.  Wait a minute, I too usually go to the 99 cent store and then go directly to Ralph's.  Seems like the guy was railroaded.  Not easy to be on a public registry where a regular routine becomes a nightmare for you!   Remember anything written about a registrant is usually the whole truth.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

She ran after him and jotted down the make, model and license number of the car he sped off in.?

So it still took some time to ID the guy ?


Hurrah, mom! Good for you for working to make sure no other child is going to be bothered by this guy in the near future. 


Actually, this story is the closest to the truth...I am the Mother in the case and it pretty much happened like the article says. The only thing not really mentioned is that we first took notice of him in line at the 99 cent store...then when I ran into Ralphs, I recognized him as the same guy in line behind us at the 99cent store. What you mentioned above, was something I never read in any of the articles I posted online or in newspapers during this whole ordeal.  If you have that article, please repost with the Author's name. It is so false that I honestly don't believe it came from a reliable source.


Don't u find it strange that this is what we all have to spend our time on??. Raediculous and stupid. So is he guilty? Was he actually stalking? Do you know the entire truth before commenting?

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