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November 17, 2002 | Michelle Hofmann, Special to The Times
Larissa Schultz and Ernie Duran looked beyond the usual considerations -- price, size and location -- when buying their Signal Hill condominium. The couple also researched the number of registered sex offenders reported as living in the area. Since July 1, 1999, California law has required that purchase contracts for residential property serve as a notification to buyers of the availability of information on sex offenders.
October 10, 2002
It would have been better to stick with "pests" in "Ridding the MTA of Pests" (Oct. 7) rather than to go on to describe men who grope in buses as "perverts," "molesters" and even "sexual predators." In Italy, half the male population seems to engage in such acts. If it's as rampant here as the article says, does it make sense to label so many men "perverts"? Italian women throw screaming fits over such pests--it stops them in their tracks. Why is it that we prim Americans, according to the article, utter not a peep?
August 25, 2002
Re "Sex Offenders to Be Listed on Web Site," Aug. 15: The Times reports that Los Angeles and Orange counties' supervisors voted to create sex offender Web maps and that a law enforcement agency made the Megan's Law list of sex offenders available to Orange County fairgoers between rides and snow cones. Such responses attempt to address people's understandable panic after Southern California's two high-profile child abductions. But suspects in those cases were not on the Megan's Law list.
Question: We live in a common interest development in Southern California. We have three children younger than 5. We have just learned that the ill-tempered man living next door to us for the last six years is a convicted pedophile. He also sits on our homeowner association board. We want to put a sign out that states: "Pedophiles need not purchase here!" We also want to plaster his picture and name all over our complex and have him removed as a board member. Can we do this without being sued?
June 1, 2002 | From a Times Staff Writer
In its first 24 hours, the city's new Web site showing the neighborhoods where sex offenders live received nearly 1 million hits, causing the system to freeze and forcing installation of a second server, officials said Friday. Although the site does not show specific addresses, it allows parents and others to see on a map how many sex offenders live in their communities and the approximate location of their homes.
December 28, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Sheriff's deputies passed out fliers Thursday to warn residents that a twice-convicted sex offender has moved to town. The fliers picture Kristian Eric Rosbold, 39, and his car. Rosbold moved to Niguel Road from Marin County, where he was convicted of sex crimes against children in 1987 and 2000. Police are permitted to distribute such fliers under California's "Megan's Law." The fliers state that Rosbold is not wanted by police and that any harassment of him will not be tolerated.
The boy was 10 when a slightly older neighbor in his northeastern Michigan town asked him to play. The two climbed into a treehouse with the neighbor's 9-year-old sister. There, he said, the neighbor told the boy to have sex with the girl. "I didn't know what I was doing," said the boy, now 18, who asked that his name not be used because of fear of harassment. "It was kind of like me and a girl playing doctor."
August 3, 2001 | From Associated Press
Gov. Bill Owens issued an executive order Thursday to use a task force to track down and arrest about 300 sex offenders who have not registered under a month-old law. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation has verified that 8,100 of the state's 8,421 convicted sex offenders have registered with local authorities, agency spokesman Mike Igoe said. Under the law that took effect July 1, sex offenders must register within 72 hours of their release.
July 18, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The state Supreme Court ruled that juveniles who commit sex offenses before age 14 should have the chance to clear their records by their 18th birthdays to avoid being listed as sex offenders. A New Jersey law, known as Megan's Law, requires many sex offenders to register with police so the communities they live in can be notified of their offenses.
December 24, 2000 | KENNETH R. WEISS
To Sally Miller, community colleges are a great place. They take all comers. They help all sorts of people make something of themselves. They give others a second chance to turn their lives around. But as a badge-carrying detective on community college campuses in Sonoma County, Miller was deeply disturbed by one fact: Colleges and universities were one place where serious sex offenders could avoid being publicly identified by "Megan's Law" public disclosures. Not for long.
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