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In-depth: What happens to sex offenders in violation of Megan’s Law?

ALAMEDA COUNTY (KRON) — Since the 90’s, citizens of California have been able to see for themselves where registered sex offenders are living in their communities because of the Megan’s Law website.

But with more than 100,000 sex offenders in the state, who is making sure those offenders are living where they say they are? Full Article

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  1. MichaelRS

    That was kind of a lame article. Goofy guys not registering and going to jail. Duh. So what was the big point?

  2. David Kennerly, Thought Criminal

    The map of “violators” at the end of the accompanying written piece is interesting. Notice how they show no one in San Francisco even though there must be violators here. I am so glad to be living in S.F. since, from my decades of experience being on the Registry here, they have not gone in for the hysteria to any extent approaching that of other counties.

    Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Mateo, Solano, Santa Rosa, Napa and Santa Clara have all provided the local news collabos with plenty of pushpins for their fright map but S.F. has provided them with none. That’s saying something.

    • mk

      Yes it does show San Francisco (county, since its both city and county)
      847 rso’s
      192 violators
      125 transients
      62 transient violators
      232 no address (whatever that means)

      The one that gets me is the guy in jail and he didnt register. Not sure how he could have if he was already IN jail. smh.

      • AlexO

        He failed to register after getting out. By law, you have to register after custody release if this is your first time being released as well as needing to reregister if you’ve gone back into custody for 30+ days. The article said he was in custody for 30 days.

        My city actually screwed up with me but thankfully no arrest. About half way through my probation I went back to court to convert my remaining community service into weekend jail time. I was given 18 days for a total of 6 weekends. I did my time and was released. A month later when I went for my annual registration, I was told I was in violation. I was stunned!

        I asked why and was in turn asked if I was recently released.

        “Yes. About a month ago.”
        “You should’ve registered then.”
        “But I wasn’t told to. I signed all the registration paperwork on release.” (same stuff as when you reg annually)
        “That’s different. You should be reading what you sign. You’re lucky nothing happened.”

        So I signed off, got my copies and went to my car. I sat there reading what I just signed and found the line about needing to reregister if you’re incarcerated for 30+ days. “But wait, I was only doing 18 days. Oh, I see. Someone looked at my in and out dates which was over 6 weeks.”

        I contacted that person again, she checked, and sure enough it was a mistake on their part.

        Holy crap would it have been bad if they came to my home, or worse, work and arrested me on THEIR mistake. I almost wish they had because that could’ve been a juicy lawsuit. But I’m thankful I didn’t have to go through that stress on top of everything else.

        • AJ

          @AlexO
          One would hope LEOs could at least handle simple math, but apparently not. But they can, it seems, counts days between calendar dates, regardless of whether it’s correct.

          –AJ

  3. American Detained in America

    – “We want to constantly keep track of these guys because if we let them slip just a little bit, who knows what else they will start getting away with,” a deputy said. “If we start letting them think they don’t have to follow one rule, they won’t follow the rest of them.” –

    If the public lets them get away with this, then it won’t be long before they do it to everyone! It will become “If we let them get away with speeding a little bit, who knows what else they will start getting away with.” That line of thinking is a very slippery slope, and we’ve been on it for a long time!

  4. steve

    Not sure I really feel sorry for this guy. Had a sex offense had to register. Then had a domestic violence offense and went to jail. He’s obviously a high risk and should be in jail. Maybe not a high risk for a sex offense but clearly doesn’t have it together.

    • AJ

      @steve
      Yeah, that was my thought too. These are they guys who DO need some sort of extra scrutiny. Good thing the “in depth” investigation looked deeper into the truth and at the thousands who are harmless and trying to just live life.

      –AJ

  5. BOB 751243

    Good luck, if these SOB’s come to my house they will be on at a very MINIMUM of 4 CCTV Cameras that are recording 24/7 Ill DEFINITELY get their pics and post them all over the net !!! SAY I WONT !

  6. USA

    I thought the article was well written! The examples used where very valid! My only question is where all of those arrested etc valid or nit picking?

    I would imagine people would also pass out to read about parole or the number of probation violations as well (non sex offenses)? I can recall sitting in court requesting my expungement and hearing some of the things (re arrest/new charge etc )

  7. Really?

    The LEOs “asked to keep their faces hidden since they are undercover.”

    Good Lord, so now “compliance checks” require subterfuge? Plain clothes is one thing, but undercover? Give me a break!

    –AJ

    • Matt

      My conviction was ten years ago. Since then, I have only been subjected to a compliance check once. They know exactly who I am, and where I live, and they know they’re not going to find/learn anything new. I am pretty low on their radar. But the time they did show up, they were in a blacked out Dodge minivan. Looked totally innocent. I thought the driver was lost. He hung back for a minute to see what I was doing (feeding horses) and then approached when I stepped out of the building. I only realized it was the cops when the van got close enough to me that I could see the shield on the chest of the driver. Three guys got out with their tactical vests on over regular street clothes. The two that were not driving were very heavily armed. (one shotgun and one AR) Usually I can see the cops from a mile away. But these guys got the drop on me. I had no idea who they were. I live in a rural area with very few neighbors. The cops who came to check up on me were actually pretty professional once they were aware that I posed no physical threat to them. That said, I can see where this same situation would be stressful if I lived in town, and several neighbors or my employer witnessed the “goon squad” show up and ask a bunch of questions.

      • jo

        Love that they are locked and loaded, because it’s a historical fact that ex offenders are usually armed and dangerous.

  8. USA

    I’ve had numerous compliance checks here in OC! The Detectives look like contractors (jeans/normal shirts) etc. I would never know in a million years! Get this!!! They where driving a Nissan Altima! These guys are way undercover? Rather disturbing for a 20-21 year old expunged offense with summary probation.

    • Harry

      Install security cameras, get a good photo of their faces and send them out on the internet. The drug lords make want to know who they are, as well. Than on the other hand, these cops could be cooperating friends of the drug pushers

    • Someone who cares

      USA – do you open the door for these illegal compliance checks? How can they do that after an expungement and so many years passed? How often do they show up and are you on the public site?

      • Harry

        If, non-uniform dudes show to my house with guns and driving a car like that, I would call the police and report this as a threat to my and my wife’s safety. It would be interesting what would happen if a bunch of cops cars race in and officers with guns drawn on them.

  9. USA

    Someone, they used to come 2-3 times or more a year! I now have cameras and RING (doorbell). I will no longer answer the door or answer anything!!

    • someone who cares

      USA ~ When you say they used to come 2-3 times or more, are they still showing up, or has it slowed down? Also, some say they have never had a visit, and some say only once, etc. Isn’t that discrimination in itself that you, for example, are visited more than others? Have the cameras helped to keep them away?

      • anon

        I used to live in a suburban neighborhood and got a compliance check once a year. It was pretty showy with cops wearing bullet proof vests, in some cases lights flashing, etc. Now I live in a very rural area. I have no neighbors. If the cops did a compliance check, no one except my dogs would know about it. So I have had zero compliance checks. It just isn’t fun for them anymore.

        • Tired Of Hiding

          A compliance check is NOT a compliance check. It is a public shaming which is why they put on a big show.

          With no one to witness the show they gain nothing…well except for the overtime pay and the justification of their very “jobs” if intimidation and harassment are a job…seems more of a sadistic hobby to me…but that just illustrates the sort of damaged individuals who are drawn to law enforcement.

          • New Person

            what is the difference between a compliance check and probation check? they’re both directed as specific persons, not checking up on the whole neighborhood.

            there really isn’t a difference. in both cases, there’s no real reason to come by, but can whenever. except, for one you’re actually supposed to be supervised and the other you’re supposed to be no longer under any custody.

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