An Olivehurst Grandmother is furious after learning that a sex offender is living just feet away from her neighborhood elementary school.
“I’m concerned about people not being aware of the sex offenders in the area,” said Robyn Gorham.
Gorham says she was stunned to find out how many sex offenders lived just down the street from Cedar Lane Elementary, where her grandson is set to attend.
“There are parents here and I don’t think they’re aware of what’s right in our neighborhood,” said Gorham.
A quick search on the Megan’s Law website shows there are 11 sex offenders living within 3/4 of a mile from the school. Gorham is particularly concerned about one offender convicted of lewd acts with a child 14 or 15 years old, whose home is registered just feet away from the school’s fence.
“The fence is in between the driveway and where the kids are playing, so anybody can say ‘hi’ and put their hand through the fence,” she said.
Gorham adds, “I always thought it was a law that they couldn’t register their address so close to the school?“
So is there a blanket law that keeps all sex offenders at a certain distance away from a school?
“There is no general, applicable law — Jessica‘s Law or Megan’s Law — in California that applies to every sex offender in California the same way,” said Sacramento criminal attorney Mark Reichel.