A place for kids to have a ball and stay safe

first_imgRosa said what he is advocating, specifically, is simply educating the owners on how to recognize the signs of child abuse, and knowing who to call if abuse is suspected. It’s something Rosa practices in real life. As youth director at the AMF Beverly Lanes in Montebello, he keeps a close watch out for registered sex offenders, having memorized the names and faces of 86 sexual predators listed on the Megan’s Law Web site and living in Montebello. He also uses a computer printout with their photographs to help him identify them. In the past three months, Rosa said, he has identified three registered sex offenders – and promptly asked them to leave his Montebello bowling alley. “If I can keep track of 86 – I know who they are and where they live – and I’m just one person, imagine what we can do if everyone was paying attention? It takes a village, but it starts with one person,” he said. Bowling alleys are not listed among the places that registered sex offenders are prohibited from coming near – like schools or youth centers – “but it’s something he can lobby the city to change,” said Montebello Police Department Chief Garry Couso-Vasquez, who has known Rosa for years and supports his efforts. MONTEBELLO – Long gone are the days when bowling alleys were “smoke-filled dark rooms where a lot of drinking takes place,” said Jeanne Harlan of the United States Bowling Congress. “Bowling alleys aren’t what they were in the 1940s and 1950s,” she said. “They’re much more family-friendly and youth-oriented now.” That is one reason why Harlan’s group has reached out to Alfredo Rosa, 57, of Montebello. Bowling alleys are ground-zero in Rosa’s one-man campaign to keep children safe. The married father of two girls will spread that message when he attends a Bowling Congress gathering later this year in Reno, Nev. As founder of Los Angeles Bowlers Against Child Abuse in 1977, Rosa is advocating that owners of any businesses where children gather – not just bowling alleys – should be educated on how to spot registered sex offenders. “There are never enough people out there watching out for children,” Couso-Vasquez said. “I, for one, commend what he’s doing.” The Bowling Congress, which has 20 million members nationwide, also is supporting Rosa’s campaign, inviting him to speak to its National Tournament in Nevada in June, said Harlan. Rosa, who said he was victimized by child abuse himself, said he simply wants to raise awareness among bowling alley owners and others that a measure of precaution can to a long way toward protecting children. “Hey, I don’t mind if a police officer stops me and asks me if the girl with me is really my daughter – if that means he’s keeping her safe and preventing an incident,” he said. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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