A convicted sex offender was put in charge of the children's play area at the weekend Santa Cruz medical marijuana festival.

Registered sex offender Patricia Babiana Mince didn't commit a crime and there were no reports of inappropriate behavior, police said. Capt. Steve Clark said it was "just an unfortunate lapse in judgment."

About 2,500 people showed up for Saturday's Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana festival in San Lorenzo Park.

The 48-year-old Mince, who was in charge of the children's game booths, was convicted in 2000 of molesting a 15-year-old girl and giving the girl methamphetamines. She's listed on the Megan's Law Web site.

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