Police have arrested one juvenile and have others under surveillance in a drive to end a reign of intimidation of young girls in Homedale schools by a group a youths claiming to be devil worshipers.

"A group of young people here, mostly social dropouts and school dropouts and a lot of them are deeply involved in narcotics, that same group is practicing some sort of occult activities," Police Chief Mike Moysard said.No serious crimes have occurred yet, officials emphasized, but Moysard said the youths have used intimidation, including threats that demons will be called up on girls refusing to accede to their wishes.