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Megan’s Law sex-offender listings are not complete

Not all offenders must register online, but all must register with law enforcement

Posted: March 16, 2013 3:05 p.m.
Updated: March 16, 2013 3:05 p.m.

While 52 convicted sex offenders are listed on the Megan’s Law website as residing in the Santa Clarita Valley, the actual number is around 200, a Sheriff’s Department official said.

According to the Megan’s Law website, approximately 25 percent of registered sex offenders cannot be publicly posted online by law.

“Whether public disclosure is permitted is based on the type of sex crime for which the person is required to register,” the website said.

On Feb. 18, The Signal checked online the listing of 53 sex offenders registered to post their identities and addresses by law.

Revisiting the same list last week, The Signal found three changes — the addresses of two sex offenders had been revised. For the third, there was no online listing for an individual who was on the list in February.

Although not all sex offenders are required to register publicly, all are required to register with local law enforcement.
Local deputies check at least a year that the registered sex offenders are living where they should be, sheriff’s Sgt. Darren Harris.

As well, registered sex offenders are required to report to the local sheriff’s station on once a year within five days before or after their birthdays.

A local detective is assigned to keep track of people convicted of sex offenses who are ordered to register as sex offenders, Harris said.
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