People concerned that registered sex offenders might be living in
their community will soon have another way to find out -- the
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to add a
map to the county Web site that would show the general locations of
where sex offenders live. They unanimously approved the proposal by
Supervisor Michael Antonovich.
“Empowering the public with this vital information provides a
powerful tool for public safety and allows parents to protect their
families,” Antonovich said in a press release. “Our children must be
allowed to play in their neighborhoods without fear of abduction or
The color-coded map, which is expected to be up on the site within
30 days, will have an index of serious and high-risk sex offenders
searchable by zip code, address, schools and parks. High-risk
offenders have been convicted of at least one violent sex crime.
Serious offenders have been convicted of such crimes as an assault
with the intent to commit child molestation.
Parents would then need to go to a police station to get more
information, including the offenders’ names, picture, description and
rap sheet, from a Megan’s Law computer. Access is offered at the
Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station and the Glendale Police
headquarters and Montrose and Glendale Adventist substations.
“Parents have to take the next step,” said Tony Bell, a spokesman
The city of San Diego has a similar map on its Web site, and 25
states have Megan’s Law data online. California law prohibits the
names of sex offenders from being posted on the Internet but allows
the public to get the information from law enforcement agencies.
Exact addresses are not revealed.
“It’s scary, but with the proper facts, parents can keep their
children safe,” Bell said.