Are You Hanging Out With An Official CMEN Registered Sex Offender?

Genital Hospital Social Hour 2012, CMEN West Coast Gathering

CMEN founder and leader John Herriott is a registered sex offender who has been convicted of California Penal Code Section 288(a) LEWD OR LASCIVIOUS ACTS WITH A CHILD UNDER 14 YEARS OF AGE:

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Date of Birth: 07-28-1951
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 195
Eye Color: BROWN
Hair Color: BROWN
Ethnicity: WHITE


Offense Code 288(a)
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288. (a) Except as provided in subdivision (i), any person who willfully and lewdly commits any lewd or lascivious act, including any of the acts constituting other crimes provided for in Part 1, upon or with the body, or any part or member thereof, of a child who is under the age of 14 years, with the intent of arousing, appealing to, or gratifying the lust, passions, or sexual desires of that person or the child, is guilty of a felony and shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for three, six, or eight years.


Camp Shalom, Malibu, CA

Letters To The Los Angeles Times Re: Sex Offender John Herriott: 

The law provides many safeguards for the rights of the accused, and rightly so. It also provides for the protection of the community, regardless of its behavioral standards or lack thereof. I am grateful that U.S. District Judge Robert M. Takasugi stepped and prevented John Karl Herriot’s release, even temporarily. I am grateful for the protection extended to the children of Palo Alto–just in case. I am hopeful that, given the same situation in my community, someone would extend that protection to my children.

JUDITH PERSONS Arcadia Bravo to Magistrate Kronenberg! At last someone in authority is putting some of the blame on perversion where it belongs. What guts! He’ll be crucified by the media “free” press. I agree that the Times Mirror Co. has much to answer to their own children and grandchildren as well as ours regarding community standards and attitudes. They are as much a pervert as a molester–one is mental, one physical!

R. KEIFFER Redondo Beach Let’s hear a cheer for Magistrate Kronenberg. He finally said in public what many of us have been thinking, and saying, in private!

sex offender herriott leading nature hike

Herriott Leading his CMEN Sheep in Tennessee

What is Sex Offender Herriott Doing With Your CMEN Profits?

California Men Enjoying Nature (CMEN) is a California Non-Profit Corporation in West Hollywood that produces pay to play gay sex parties in Palm Springs and Malibu. Despite requests for his IRS Form 990 information, Herriott refuses to provide any information about the internal affairs of CMEN. CMEN is probably making a lot of money, and not paying any taxes on it.  All CMEN events require paid admission.  A five hour nude pool party with outdoor sex costs $9.00.  If you want to attend the night time sex party for another five hours, you must pay another $9.00, just like a gay bath house. CMEN is a residential version of the gay bathhouse.  A full two-week gay sex vacation with CMEN can cost over eight hundred dollars. A commercial gay bathhouse in Palm Springs or Cathedral City charges a reasonable $20.00 for an eight hour admission. The commercial gay bathhouses pay all applicable business fees, taxes, insurance, janitorial, professional pool/sauna/jacuzzi maintenance. CMEN is ripping off the community by running clandestine gay bathhouses at Paul Schneiderman’s residence at 27874 Valencia Street in Cathedral City. You can find sex offender John Herriott sitting in Mr. Schneiderman’s Jacuzzi.   

Karlin said Herriot, using the name John Harris, also worked as a Boy Scout leader and baseball coach in Los Angeles and El Paso, Tex., where he formerly lived. She said he often took his scouting troops and teams on weekend outings, during which he allegedly molested the youths. Karlin said Herriot first brought an orphaned Guatemalan youth to the United States in 1978. Herriot turned himself in to federal authorities after the five-count indictment was issued Wednesday.