LA CRESCENTA -- Interest in accessing a list of registered sex
offenders has tripled since a News-Press article revealed that 14
convicted sex offenders were living in the foothills area, Crescenta
Valley Sheriff’s officials said.
Officials are pleased with the jump, adding that some residents were
unaware they could look at such a list, Deputy Dan Connolly said.
“It’s their responsibility as a parent to see what’s going on in the
community,” he said.
The information is made available under Megan’s Law, named for Megan
Kanka of New Jersey. The girl was raped and murdered by a neighbor -- a
twice-convicted sex offender -- in 1994.
“What happened to Megan happened because there was no protection at
that time,” Connolly said. “Now we have it.”
The law requires that names and locations of registered sex offenders
be provided to the public by law enforcement agencies. The federal law
passed in 1996, with individual state versions following. The amount of
specific information available to the public varies from state to state.
In California, the public has access to the names, convictions and
city that offenders live in. Pictures also are sometimes available.
Connolly said some people who have come in to look at the list at the
Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station have recognized some of the offenders.
Crescenta Valley Town Council member Sharon Raghavachary was one of
the people who used the computer after learning that 12 registered sex
offenders live in La Crescenta and two in La Canada Flintridge.
“It didn’t surprise me at all,” she said. “They’re going to be
everywhere. Nowhere is perfectly safe.”
She added that everybody should look at the list because they might
Adults 18 or older with a valid picture ID can use the computer. No
appointment is needed. For more information, call the station at