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"If you put yourself into tempting situations, sooner or later you're going to act out on it."
- Jake Goldenflame, convicted child molester
Meet the Child Molester Next Door, USA Today, Jan 29, 2003
Megan's Law is named for Megan Kanka of New Jersey, who was murdered in 1994. Her neighbor was a twice-convicted sex offender who allegedly lured the seven-year-old into his home under the pretense of seeing his dog, then raped and strangled her. By 1996, the United States Congress passed legislation dubbed "Megan's Law," which required states to enact similar laws allowing for the release of relevant information to protect the public from sexual offenders. On September 25, 1996, then-Governor Pete Wilson signed into law California's version of Megan's Law. The law took effect in January of 1997.
Previously, this information was available only by personally visiting police stations and sheriff offices or by calling a 900 toll-number. Current law now allows the public to use their personal computers to view the information on the Internet. This revision to the law was given final passage by the Legislature on August 24, 2004 and signed by the Governor on September 24, 2004.
See the Megan's Law Disclaimer for notices regarding legal and illegal Uses of this information, informational only purpose of the data, legal limits on disclosures, errors and omissions, mistaken identities, and Notice of Corrections. If you agree to the terms and conditions stated in the Megan's Law Disclosure, you may then enter the website and search for sex offenders by city, ZIP Code, county or within a predetermined radius of a selected address, park, or school. Detailed information on many registered sex offenders is provided, including names, addresses, photos, descriptions, and offenses, so that members of our local communities may protect themselves and their children.
One of the major reasons why it is important to be informed about sexual assault is so that you can take steps to prevent it. There are indeed steps you can take to reduce your risk, your child's risk, or the risk others face of sexual assault.
See how much you know and how much of what you think is based on the myths we have all heard about sexual assault and sex offenders. Take five minutes to complete Megan's Law True or False Quiz. Protect yourself, your children, family, friends, neighbors, and others in our community.
Visit and use California's Megan's Law Website.