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Parents warned that 13 sex offenders live near elementary school

CHULA VISTA — Parents in one Chula Vista neighborhood say they fear for their children’s safety after learning registered sex offenders are living near their elementary school. Full Article

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  1. Bluewall

    OMG… Sex Offenders just magically turned up in my neighborhood overnight and threatening my kids and lowering my house price…. yes.. It sounds shocking… but I am sure they been there for years and you decided that you got concern because the law basically said they can live anywhere now…

    • Anonymous Nobody

      Yes, what you say is so. This is a sorely inadequate news report by Fox. For one thing, it never says how this information came out or even who it went to. Was this simply some general re3fercne that sex offenders live int he area? Or were these 13 specifically singled out and named? The latter is illegal under 290, which allows that to be done only under certain circumstances,and I believe only by the police.

      To generally say there are sex offenders int he area is not specifically barred. But doing so is simply a matter of ill intent. And Fox is expanding that in the manner in which is chose to report the story. The biggest problem of this whole story is the story itself, the Fox version of the story.

  2. LM

    Those cowardly parents can always up and move to an island in the South Pacific. I’ll even help them pack.

  3. Q

    Well well well…It seems trouble making and ignorance is still alive and well in Chula Vista. I kind of get the feeling the school is trying to create a problem, and of course the local media whores are happy to help them out. I’m thinking it might be a good idea for CA-RSOL or some other like minded organization to visit the local school boards and get some facts to them. It’s so sad what the fear mongers do to people like the young mother in the news video. It seems those who created and perpetuate this sick twisted and mis placed fear aren’t going to set things right any time soon; It’s looking like we may have to do it for them. So perhaps we could get some panels together to talk to these scared people at the various school districts throughout Southern California. Just thinking out loud 🙂

  4. mike r

    Here’s another candidate for the following email.

    I really wish the media and reporters would stop publishing or producing reports on opinions from law makers about how great sex offender registration and notification laws or Megan’s law are. They are using false statistics and pure myths to further their personal agendas under the guise of protecting children. None of these failed policies have achieved any positive results in the US and are in fact destroying the lives of thousands of innocent children and their families because one of their parents or family members  are on such a registry. Reporters should have enough integrity to investigate their story before they publish it and be sure that there is some credibility to it and not just a platform to exploite children for a law makers personal gaines or their own. Here are some facts from the leading authorities on this subject which indicate what a failure these registration and public notification laws are in the US. These laws are a waste of tax dollars and are a misplaced use of valuable law enforcement and gov. agency resources.

    California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB) End of Year Report 2014. (page 13)

    Under the current system many local registaring agencies are challenged just keeping up with registration paperwork. It takes an hour or more to process each registrant, the majority of whom are low risk offenders. As a result law enforcement cannot monitor higher risk offenders more intensively in the community due to the sheer numbers on the registry. Some of the consequences of lengthy and unnecessary registration requirements actually destabilize the lifes of registrants and those -such as families- whose lives are often substantially impacted. Such consequences are thought to raise levels of known risk factors while providing no discernable benefit in terms of community safety.

    The full report is availible online at. http://www.casomb.org/index.cfm?pid=231

    National Institute of Justice (NIJ) US Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs United States of America.

    The overall conclusion is that Megan’s law has had no demonstrated effect on sexual offenses in New Jersey, calling into question the justification for start-up and operational costs. Megan’s Law has had no effect on time to first rearrest for known sex offenders and has not reduced sexual reoffending. Neither has it had an impact on the type of sexual reoffense or first-time sexual offense. The study also found that the law had not reduced the number of victims of sexual offenses.

    The full report is available online at. https://www.ncjrs.gov/app/publications/abstract.aspx?ID=247350

    The University of Chicago Press for The Booth School of Business of the University of Chicago and The University of Chicago Law School Article DOI: 10.1086/658483

    Conclusion.
    The data in these three data sets do not strongly support the effectiveness of sex offender registries. The national panel data do not show a significant decrease in the rate of rape or the arrest rate for sexual abuse after implementation of a registry via the internet. The BJS data that tracked individual sex offenders after their release in 1994 did not show that registration had a significantly negative effect on recidivism. And the D.C. crime data do not show that knowing the location of sex offenders by census block can help protect the locations of sexual abuse. This pattern of noneffectiveness across the data sets does not support the conclusion that sex offender registries are successful in meeting their objectives of increasing public safety and lowering recidivism rates.

    The full report is availible online at. http://www.jstor.org/stable/full/10.1086/658483

    These are not isolated conclusions but are the same outcomes in the majority of conclusions and reports on this subject from multiple government agencies and throughout the academic community.

    People, including the media, should not rely on and reiterate the statements and opinions of the legislators as to the need for these laws because of the high recidivism rates and the high risk offenders pose to the public which simply is not true and is pure hyperbole and fiction. They should rely on facts and data collected and submitted in reports from the leading authorities and credible experts in the fields such as the following.

    California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB) (page 38)

    Sex offender recidivism rate for a new sex offense is 1.8%

    The full report is available online at.
    http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CCEQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdcr.ca.gov%2FAdult_Research_Branch%2FResearch_documents%2FOutcome_evaluation_Report_2013.pdf&ei=C9dSVePNF8HfoATX-IBo&usg=AFQjCNE9I6ueHz-o2mZUnuxLPTyiRdjDsQ

    Bureau of Justice Statistics
    5 PERCENT OF SEX OFFENDERS REARRESTED FOR ANOTHER SEX CRIME WITHIN 3 YEARS OF PRISON RELEASE
    WASHINGTON, D.C.

    Within 3 years following their 1994 state prison release, 5.3 percent of sex offenders (men who had committed rape or sexual assault) were rearrested for another sex crime, the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today.

    The full report is available online at. http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/press/rsorp94pr.cfm

    Document title; A Model of Static and Dynamic Sex Offender Risk Assessment Author: Robert J. McGrath, Michael P. Lasher, Georgia F. Cumming Document No.: 236217 Date Received: October 2011 Award Number: 2008-DD-BX-0013

    Findings: Study of 759 adult male offenders under community supervision Re-arrest rate: 4.6% after 3-year follow-up
    The sexual re-offense rates for the 746 released in 2005 are much lower than what many in the public have been led to expect or believe. These low re-offense rates appear to contradict a conventional wisdom that sex offenders have very high sexual re-offense rates.

    The full report is available online at. https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/236217.pdf

    Document Title: SEX OFFENDER SENTENCING IN WASHINGTON STATE: RECIDIVISM RATES BY: Washington State Institute For Public Policy.

    A study of 4,091 sex offenders either released from prison or community supervision form 1994 to 1998 and examined for 5 years Findings: Sex Crime Recidivism Rate: 2.7%

    Link to Report: http://www.oncefallen.com/files/Washington_SO_Recid_2005.pdf

    Document Title: Indiana’s Recidivism Rates Decline for Third Consecutive Year BY: Indiana Department of Correction 2009.

    The recidivism rate for sex offenders returning on a new sex offense was 1.05%, one of the lowest in the nation. In a time when sex offenders continue to face additional post-release requirements that often result in their return to prison for violating technical rules such as registration and residency restrictions, the instances of sex offenders returning to prison due to the commitment of a new sex crime is extremely low. Findings: sex offenders returning on a new sex offense was 1.05%

    Link to Report: http://www.in.gov/idoc/files/RecidivismRelease.pdf

    Once again, These are not isolated conclusions but are the same outcomes in the majority of reports on this subject from multiple government agencies and throughout the academic community.
    No one can doubt that child sexual abuse is traumatic and devastating. The question is not whether the state has an interest in preventing such harm, but whether current laws are effective in doing so.
    Megan’s law is a failure and is destroying families and their children’s lives and is costing tax payers millions upon millions of dollars.
    The following is just one example of the estimated cost just to implement SORNA which many states refused to do.

    From Justice Policy Institute.
    Estimated cost to implement SORNA
    Here are some of the estimates made in 2009 expressed in 2014 current dollars: California, $66M; Florida, $34M; Illinois, $24M; New York, $35M; Pennsylvania, $22M; Texas, $44M. In 2014 dollars, Virginia’s estimate for implementation was $14M, and the annual operating cost after that would be $10M.

    For the US, the total is $547M. That’s over half a billion dollars – every year – for something that doesn’t work.

    http://www.justicepolicy.org/images/upload/08-08_FAC_SORNACosts_JJ.pdf

    Thank you for your time.

    • Janice Bellucci

      Excellent work, Mike R. You have given us all a lot of “ammunition” in the fight to educate the public, in general, and elected officials, in particular.

  5. j

    Why would anyone be surprised? SD is as regressive and oppressive as OC when it comes to this type of chest beating action.

  6. Eric Knight

    (((looks with my sarcastic eye at the huge “broom” the vigilante media TV station is using for **cough** sweeps week **cough**)))

  7. Jo

    This stuff is almost laughable were it not for how the lemmings run off the cliff

  8. David

    Stupid lemming-sheeple! Your cliff beckons!

  9. Clark

    Parents ..parents don’t live in fear…pool your money…get your supervisors..legislature to allocate a paid for house or paid for apartment at no cost to registered citizens so you may not live in fear…..fully paid house or apartment could really be in the public’s interest for registered citizens so parents don’t live in fear…..money house or apartment has to be offered to live elsewhere if one chooses ……for our children …for our children .

  10. hannah grace

    A group of us should inundate this reporter with the challenge to educate himself on the myths surrounding the sex offender and the registry. Then request him to responsibly report his findings. Wonder if that information would ever make the air . . .

    • Q

      That would require presenting both sides of the story. Most of the time they don’t do that (as you can see with this story).

      The news media really is a major player in keeping the public in ignorance and the myths alive. They are another group that don’t give a sh_t about kids safety; they just want reader$ and watcher$.

      Truth could get their audience to go elsewhere for their sensationalistic feel good and self righteous fix.

    • j

      This type of reporting is classic fear mongering. It is the modern day equivalent of yelling “Fire!” in a crowded movie theater and shamelessly drips AGENDA – contrary to any type of balanced reporting. The ones getting needlessly trampled are the children and families of registrants. Does anyone even acknowledge this government sanctioned child abuse?

  11. Two states east

    Did you see the OTHER ARTICLE on that ever changing sidebar called “Latest News” on the The Fox 5 site ? It may not still be there when you read this, but it is titled “Two dead after lengthy Chula Vista standoff” dated yesterday, 5/28. Seems the guy killed his apartment complex neighbor. Then held his wife AND HER TWO CHILDREN AGED UNDER 10 YEARS OLD hostage for seven hours. Cops evacuate 41 adults AND 10 CHILDREN. And at ROSEBAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL in Chula Vista children were released on a “modified dismissal”.

    He released his family and then killed himself. That equals 2 dead……

  12. G4Change

    Stupid Fox!!! Trying to squeeze a few extra ratings points during Ratings Sweeps Month to boost their sagging ratings.

  13. USA

    Wow! This is kind of funny. Did the police also inform them that possible convicted murderers, spousal abusers or those convicted of DUI’s love in the area as well? What if a child or ran over by a drunk? The real scary part is that there are police officers all over San Diego that have the potential to pull you over, a use their power, arrest you and smack you around once incarcerated! I think if I had any concerns, I would be concerned about the widespread police abuse that’s taking place on a daily basis. There isn’t a day where you don’t turn the TV on and see this. People should be outraged! False arrests, false convictions, people spending years in prison secondary to an over zealous detective, people beat up while in jail, female prisoners raped by those paid to protect, Rampart, guns being planted, people shot in the back, Fullerton PD beating a man to death and the list goes on and on! The sad part is people should begin paying attention to the real issues!

  14. steve

    Huh quite interesting. In a related article, a teacher in CHULA VISTA faces molestation charges.
    Naaah…. not by somebody they know?!?!?!

    http://fox5sandiego.com/2015/05/26/teacher-accused-of-molesting-boys-is-partially-guilty-defense-attorney-says/

  15. Double A

    I think the school district should make flashcards with all the registrants faces and have the students memorize all of them. Now if they come across any registrant they can run in the other direction or have their phones in hand to dial 911 if they feel threatened. This should make all the parents feel safer. I’m trying to be sarcastic.

    It’s kind of like spiders… I heard somewhere that you are always a few feet from a spider. I guess people don’t realize they might be a few yards from a registrant. With any wildlife as long as you keep your distance you should be fine.

    But being serious, parents and educators should be teaching their kids to pay attention to everyone. They should be just as concerned about the people that are not on that website.

    • Q

      “They should be just as concerned about the people that are not on that website.”

      Yea; like teachers and parents. And let us not forget the janitor and cops.

    • j

      When they get run over and killed by a bus while fleeing in panic, the registrant will be charged with first degree murder for causing the death.

  16. Timmr

    Obviously Fox news is propagandizing for the Runners in their crusade to save Jessica’s law. Local news stations I’ve found are more often than not mouthpieces for the politicians, and it is no surprise that FOX would do campaigning for the right wing Republican Runners. Hmmm, first RC hater Dianne Jacob goes on KUSI to scare people about offenders living in their neighborhood and now this. There has probably been other local “news” stories whose main purpose is to foster fear of the recent Court decision. I can’t stand to watch these local news channels.

    • j

      Sounds like someone got a call of encouragement from o-o-o-o’reilly…

  17. someone who cares

    I just feel sad for the child who was obviously unnecessarily put in a panic mode and scared to go to school. Surely, this child did not come up with this all alone, the parents traumatized the child with something that has not been a problem in the past. Poor child, having to get sucked into this mess. Poor parenting if you ask me.

  18. mike r

    Your right these scumbag parents are scaring the hell out of their kids and turning them into people like the runners who see sex and danger everywhere the go. It’s pathetic and it should be a crime to terrorize your own children like that. Watch your kids and be a good parent and educate your child about potential stranger danger but don’t use your scare tactics on innocent kids and then to top it off you exploit that child and their instilled by you fears. Disgusting…. I

  19. mike r

    Wow I just realized that this statistic is 1.8 percent of the total of rso recidivism. So that would be 1.8% out of the roughly 5% of total recidivism. So 1.8% of 5% hmmm. Am I reading this correctly that pie graph is apparently a 100% graph for recidivism as such that would mean an incredibly almost nonexistent rate of reoffense for a sex crime at 1.8% of the overall allready low total reoffense rate of approx. 5% can someone confirm what I’m saying. Here’s the graph.

    California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB) (page 38)

    Sex offender recidivism rate for a new sex offense is 1.8%

    The full report is available online at. http://www.google.com/url? sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CCEQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2F IBo&usg=AFQjCNE9I6ueHz-o2mZUnuxLPTyiRdjDsQ

    • Timmr

      I’ve tried to point that out several times. You’re right the pie is the recidivists only. It’s 1.8% of the people on parole who were sent back to prison, which in that study was about 70%. I don’t read it as the percentage of all people released. Re-offense rate is 1.26% (1.8% of 70%). 1.26 or 1.8, I guess I’m being nit picky. Oh well…

  20. mike r

    Ok I see they say the total recidivism is approx. 60.5% for rso so 1.8% of 60.5 % are on a new sex offense.

  21. mike r

    Most people like myself are assuming that that is 1.8% of the total of the rso population. That’s not the case. As they say approx. 40% never recidivate so the 1.8% is 1.8% of the approx. 60% that do recidivate are on a new sex offense. So that cuts the overall recidivism for a new sex offense in half almost to .9% for the total number released. I wonder if there is a statistics to show the number for all of CA rso recidivism for the over 100.000 rso for a .new sex offense. The stats can confuse the average person into thinking that it is 1.8% out of a hundred thousand rso which isn’t the case. This needs some clarification as it isn’t a complete overall picture of the reoffense rate for a new sex offense.

  22. A

    My gut tells me that some of the folks responsible for this rhetoric have a different agenda in mind. I have to wonder if real estate value is affected by registrants. There is usually a monetary agenda connected to what’s being splashed on the front page of the paper.
    js

  23. Jo

    So, with 13 drooling, seething, sex crazed animals living within striking distance of these children, no doubt there are countless documented attacks on these kids, right? I mean, they didn’t just move in there the other day, still plotting their attacks? Obviously there must be many attacks, right?

    • wonderin

      It’s my understanding, from all the major news sources, that at least 60-70% of sexual assaults go unreported so we have no way of knowing how many children are being victimized by these RSOs as the children attempt to pass by their houses.

    • Harry

      …And ee should easily, find these attacks on front page of ALL news sites with bold headlines with words “SEX OFFENDERS ATTACK KIDS”.

  24. Clark

    Right at You wonderin…your sources are major name the articles and dates for facts…You sound like you got info from runner boe website propaganda …….your percentage wonderin including school personnel. …………….just……….wonderin.

  25. mike r

    Yes an imaginary problem apparently since there has been not one incident reported.

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