SANTA ANA — The Orange County district attorney's office asked for an investigation Wednesday into whether a convicted child molester violated probation by hiring minors to sell candy bars.
John Pizzini, 30, of Costa Mesa, who pleaded guilty to four counts of child molestation earlier this year, was released from jail in October after serving a three-month sentence. He was placed on three years' probation, which required him to register with police as a sex offender and stay away from minors.
Deputy Dist. Atty. Jane Shade said she had been informed that Pizzini was hiring children ages 10 and older to go door to door and sell candy for Pizzini's Youth Enterprise Program.
Although a former business operated by Pizzini had a different name, it is the same type of operation that got him into trouble before, Shade said.