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“Pokemon Go” leads players to California sex offender home

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The addictive cellphone game “Pokemon Go” has led people to unlikely places to collect digital monsters – including the gates of a central California ranch that houses alcoholics and sex offenders. … But De Vaul, 72, told the Los Angeles Times that he was upset. “I have no idea what Pokemon is,” he said. “I have no idea who put the stop – if it was sabotage – because we don’t want kids showing up here.”

If children visit the property, some sex offenders living there might be placed at risk of being sent back to prison for violating conditions of their probation or parole, De Vaul said. Full Article

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http://abc7.com/news/pokemon-go-leads-players-to-california-home-for-sex-offenders/1426332/

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  1. Chris F

    While I am pretty sure this was an accident and random location put on the game, it won’t surprise me to see more on-purpose harassment of sex offenders and their addresses since incorporating it into apps and games is easy.

    With how easily google and other sites can match your photo, it won’t be long before phones are used to scan all faces of people they walk by or approach a counter at a business and are automatically flagged as a sex offender.

    Here in Texas, my wife has already been denied services for our children just because a sex offender lives at her home address.

    I’m afraid no amount of “incrementalism” will stop the way the list gets used in the future. It will take a big case against the list itself.

    • 72FLH

      I am from SLO county and they have been after this ole guy for a long time , its sad with all the money over in SLO , they cant wait for the old guy to die so they can get that very choice land , in a prime location of the City of SLO its self , big bucks , snooty butt mites sniveling about the poor and RC’s , rubber gun cops , charging people that poor for the most out in space crimes they can charge them with , use to be lots of good open minded people their . most folks that live their now are from some where else , many started coming their back around the early 70’s from the mid west , and they would always want to change things to be more like were they came from just better ,FORTHEM , we had to give up our home because of BLM and water rights , now there are like 40 homes on our old farm , it great that this old guy that owns that old ranch is still a thorn in their side . tough old bird

  2. ab

    If anyone ever believed that reality could not be ridiculous here’s proof. For all any player knows the augmented reality game might require them to enter a public bathroom not designated for their gender, kitchen at a restaurant, or another place the average person is usually not going to. It is not a stretch imagining some utterly strange locations for pokemom to be found; the white house front lawn, inside the Pentagon (maybe the the building itself, but a courtyard, a military base, outside jails, prisons, and detention centers, halfway houses, a warehouse, near strip clubs, bars, clubs, lounges, casinos, in the middle of nowhere, a town called nowhere, in a forest, jungle, in mountains, on hills, in or by rivers, lakes, seas, streams, oceans or other bodies of water, and on and on.

  3. MatthewLL

    I can see it now, new HB 6969 amends 291.69 to “Prohibit anyone required to register under this section from residing or remaining present within 1000 feet of any digital Pokemon. Violation of this residency restriction shall be a felony punishable for up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $10,000. This requirement shall be retroactive and in full force upon signature by the Governor of this great state.”

    • curiouser

      I gotta admit, that comment put a smile on my face. Thank you, I needed that 🙂
      Don’t forget…You gotta catch em all…..Pokémon, that is, not SO’s. :p

  4. Guy

    Slapdash journalism. The Pokestops are locations that were submitted by users from the company’s prior game, Ingress. Apparently, one of the locations that was submitted was the gates of the sober living facility, where there happened to be sex offenders residing at the time. So what does the media do? Start cranking up the fear mongering machine.

    It’s the same bullshit as the Halloween restrictions and SO’s. It’s never happened, but that doesn’t stop the media from stoking the fears and imaginations of its constituency.

  5. Erwin

    This Pokemon Go sex offender hysteria is spreading across the country including here in Milwaukee

    http://www.cbs58.com/story/32450697/they-could-lure-kids-registered-sex-offenders-living-near-poke-stops

  6. MikeT

    Last weekend my son caught a ‘Paras’ Pokemon in my living room. He told me it’ll evolve into a ‘Parasect’. Should I call an exterminator? I guess the good news is that this didn’t compel me to sexually abuse him contrary to the frightening news stories I’ve been reading. I just don’t want to be run out of my house as it could be considered an “Attractive Nuisance”. I told my son “This infestation is just between us, don’t want no strange kids hanging around.”

    The attractive nuisance doctrine applies to the law of torts, in the United States. It states that a landowner may be held liable for injuries to children trespassing on the land if the injury is caused by an object on the land that is likely to attract children.

  7. C

    Finally a safeguard has been built into Pokémon Go to protect children from Sex Offender monsters!
    http://www.clickhole.com/article/gaming-safety-ftw-pokemon-pokemon-go-will-now-scre-4691

    • HOOKSCAR

      I think the developers should be sued as this is not how the information on the registry is meant to be used. What’s next? Tesla going to program their cars to run registrants over? Amazing!!!!!

    • wonderin

      Sounds like an opportunity for some players to increase the fun of the game by vandalizing, assaulting registrants or setting fire to their homes or vehicles.
      And if that’s not bad enough there may be innocent family members or friends on the premises.

    • anonymous

      My teenager found one in our home, so this isn’t an isolated case

    • ONE DAY AT A TIME

      Article states “Finally, parents can let their kids play Pokémon Go with peace of mind, knowing that Cubone or Metapod will let loose a warning shriek if a child predator is lurking nearby.”

      OMG, are they kidding? This will make children safe? What about the registered citizens not on the public registry? So now parents no longer have to worry about someone hiding in the bushes? Talk about a false sense of security. I expect that Pokemon Go will soon be sued over this game from a child being molested by someone who is not on the registry. And some kids games will be constantly screaming as there are many communities that have many registered citizens within a mile of the game.

    • C

      Clickhole.com is like The Onion. The article is satire, folks, a joke from people who know what a (not very funny) joke the registry is.

    • D

      The website is a satirical news site so this is fake.

      • HOOKSCAR

        Here’s the thing though, satirical or not, it is crap like this that get policy makers justifying the lies and passing unconstitutional laws.

  8. MikeT

    We knew it was coming. It looks like some New York senators are racing to get their legislation passed to “Save the children” from all the predators feasting on Pokemon Go players.

    http://nypost.com/2016/07/29/pokemon-go-lures-children-near-homes-of-sex-offenders/

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