Mark R. Madler
A new state-created database of sexual offenders lists more than 60
convicted offenders living in the city.
The Megan's Law website can search for offenders by name, city,
county, ZIP Codes, or whether they live near a school or park. The
website went online Dec. 15 and within the first five days the site
received about 14 million hits, said a spokeswoman with the state
attorney general's office.
"The attorney general's office feels this is important information
that should be available to all state residents," Mariam Bedrosian
said. "With it they can be aware and educate themselves and their
families to protect themselves.
Burbank Police spokesman Jay Jette said the information at the
site should be used responsibly by the public.
"It's our wish, and that of the attorney general, that the
information be used to educate the public and not as a way to target
the individuals in the database," Jette said.
The site is updated every 24 hours with information provi- ded by
local police and sheriffs' departments, where offenders are required
The Burbank department has an officer who is specifically assigned
to keeping their registration information current, Jette said.
"Any time they move or change employment they have to update their
registration or re-register with the law enforcement where they
reside," Jette said.
Offenders listed at the site are identified with photos,
information on their addressed and offense, and distinguishing
tattoos or marks.
Only those who committed acts with children younger than 14, used
violence and have been deemed to be sexually violent predators by the
court have full disclosure including address at the site, Bedrosian