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San Bernardino County to pare down sex-offender ordinance

Registered sex offenders in San Bernardino County will be able to move more freely within their communities after the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved repealing restrictions on offender presence and movement in the county’s unincorporated areas.

The gutting of the county’s 8-year-old sex offender ordinance would fulfill the terms of a legal settlement between the county and civil rights attorney Janice Bellucci, reached in December. Full Article

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Right-on Janice! 🙂 “The gutting of the county’s 8-year-old sex offender ordinance would fulfill the terms of a legal settlement between the county and civil rights attorney Janice Bellucci, reached in December.” Should those of us that live in the county’s unincorporated areas be concerned about the below statement? “The county will now push for legislation that would allow California counties and cities to impose their own, more stringent ordinances and not be bound solely by state law. It would essentially allow the county to reinstate the provisions of the ordinance it has been forced to repeal due to an… Read more »

“Though he is not a registered sex offender, Williams said his probation officer determined in October he was in violation of his probation because he had his porch lights on on Halloween night. He was subsequently arrested and spent 63 days in jail.”

Are you freaking kidding me???? So now they think they can just apply these rules to ANYONE on probation??? This is insane!

“It is up to the Sheriff’s Department to decide if it will continue enforcing the ordinance in its original form until the revised one takes effect, county spokesman David Wert said.”

They’ll be paying Janice’s salary for years to come if they’re stupid enough to enforce the law after all of this. What a moronic statement!

“Mr. Sheriff you are arresting me for leaving the porch light on on Halloween night”
hold on (pick up cellphone click speed dial to Janice or her staff)
Here Sheriff, someone wants to talk to you….

Janice, I’m confused. I thought the Holloween restrictions were also found to be unenforceable. Are all the restrictions that they said are still in effect what you agree to?

I sure wish the Sherrif would enforce the current law and arrest someone for these illegal laws that they are rescinding in the “future”. Just so you can teach them a lesson and make more settlement cash to fund our cause. (Although I hate the idea that someone would have to be arrested and have their lives disrupted unjustly).

Yeah, I liked that line, “It’s up to the Sheriff’s Department to decide ….”. Really?? Because it sure sounds to me like the Courts have already decided!
Three cheers for Janice!

My name is Steve Williams. This is my Story: I took a plea in May 2011 for PC273. I was placed on 4 years Probation and NOT required to be a Registered sex offender. Each year in September at our regular monthly check-in (usually 2 Wednesday of the month) behind the probation department on Arrowhead ave in downtown San Bernardino we are given a piece of paper outlining what we can and cannot do on Halloween, Oct. 31, from 4PM until 6AM the following day. 1: Stay inside your residence. 2: No Outside Halloween decorations 3: No Exterior lights on.… Read more »

Thank you for sharing these experiences with us Steve. And thank you for attending the SB County meeting and speaking up. All the best to you and your family.

Sue for unlaw arrest and imprisonment.

Steve: Thank you for sharing this story. I’m sick just from reading it.
I’m so sorry for everything you and your wife have gone through. Thank you for standing up and telling your story.

If your son or someone else broke his leg because he could not see the path in the dark I would have them file suit against the police department.

Steve. That is a very sad and scary story. I can’t believe they arrest and ask questions later. I was also under the assumption that a “violation” has to be willful, and that was clearly not the case here. I am curious to see what Janice has to say about this.

Steve-
I am a board member and I intend to bring this subject matter up at our next board meeting.

Thank you.

WELL—–does San Bernardino County want to obey the law? Or do they just want to continue finding new ways to persecute people who have already “paid the price”?

There is no perfect way to prevent future bad behavior. But the SOMB board is doing a very good job, and the best thing right now is to support their recommendations, even if they are not perfect. If counties have different ideas or new suggestions, they should present them to the SOMB for evaluation and action (if any) as appropriate.

Well, here is my story. I have lived in California all my life. In 2013, I went to South Carolina for a visit and at the age of 22, kissed a girl I thought was over 18 but she was only 13 seen on camera. We were in a business center at an apartment complex and even to be in there you must be 16 years old if you are unsupervised. I was arrested for lewd conduct, although there was nothing sexual and no attempt force. My attorney told me that the most I could get was a misdemeanor probation… Read more »

Hang in there buddy! I would reach out to the local reporters and tell your story. Get some press! Start emailing every local newspaper there and in Ca. and get some attention

You should be able to return to California if you can transfer your probation through the interstate compact.

See this website for help:
http://www.interstatecompact.org/About/NavigatingTheCompact/CommonQuestions.aspx

You should contact the Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision for help at their National Office or contact the California Compact Staff for help:
http://www.interstatecompact.org/Directory/RegionsStates/West/California.aspx

Well, here is my story. I have lived in California all my life. In 2013, I went to South Carolina for a visit and at the age of 22, kissed a girl I thought was over 18 but she was only 13 seen on camera. We were in a business center at an apartment complex and even to be in there you must be 16 years old if you are unsupervised. I was arrested for lewd conduct, although there was nothing sexual and no attempt force. My attorney told me that the most I could get was a misdemeanor probation… Read more »

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